[caption id="attachment_667804" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-667804" alt="Manoj Tiwary (L) and Ashok Dinda would be pleased with Bengal's performance so far PTI, Getty Images " src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/tiwary-dinda-pti1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Manoj Tiwary (L) and Ashok Dinda would be pleased with Bengal's performance so far PTI, Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Defending champions Gujarat are under the pump against Bengal. Resuming the day at 180 for 6, Piyush Chawla and Rujul Bhatt couldn't rescue the side and conceded a 130-run lead. In reply, Bengal have raced ahead with the help of Abhimanyu Easwaran's blitz. At stumps, Bengal's overall lead read 307 with 9 wickets in hand. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Day's play brought to you by....... (we have no sponsor)</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Chawla and Rujul had survived the final hours of Day Two. They were expected to carry on, but regular strikes hurt them. Ashok Dinda was economical with a wicket on Friday; he took two more today, ending with 3 for 48. He was well-complimented by Ishan Porel and Boddupalli Amit. The trio shared 9 wickets to restrict Gujarat. From 219 for 6, they were bundled out for 224. <p></p> <p></p>In reply, Bengal did not let go off the momentum. Easwaran continued his sublime form and remained unbeaten on 93*. Abhishek Kumar Raman was the only wicket to fall (33). Bengal will look to bat till the second session on Sunday, and declare with a lead around 450. <p></p> <p></p>Gujarat will like to stay in the hunt by chipping in with regular breakthroughs and restrict the run-flow. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Brief scores</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>Bengal</strong> 354 &amp; 177 for 1 (Abhishek Kumar Raman 33, Abhimanyu Eswaran 93*; Rujul Bhatt 1 for 32) lead <strong>Gujarat</strong> 224 (Bhargav Merai 67, Parthiv Patel 47, Rujul Bhatt 32, Piyush Chawla 43; Ashok Dinda 3 for 48, Ishan Porel 3 for 64, Boddupalli Amit 3 for 53) by 307 runs.