Abhimanyu Mithun bagged a 5-for    PTI
Abhimanyu Mithun bagged a 5-for PTI

Semi-final 1: Bengal vs Delhi – The first semi-final was easily the most followed, with the clash being between two heavyweights. Bengal, who had impressed in Ranji Trophy 2017-18 group stages, were dominated in both the first and third session on Day One, with Sudip Chatterjee being their best performer. Delhi were quick to get rid of in-form Abhimanyu Easwaran and did not settle Abhishek Raman too. It was Sudip who paired with double-centurion of last match, Writtick Chatterjee, to revive Bengal. The duo put up a 78-run partnership, the biggest of the innings so far. Sudip was the only half-centurion, too, and got out for 83 later. Skipper Manoj Tiwary scored 30.

Brief scores:

Bengal 269 for 7 (Sudip Chatterjee 83, Writtick Chatterjee 47; Navdeep Saini 2 for 45, Manan Sharma 2 for 37) vs Delhi

Semi-final 2: Karnataka vs Vidarbha Karnataka s brilliant bowling helped them bundle Vidarbha for 185 in the other match of the day. However, the Eden Gardens pitch worked equally well for Vidarbha bowlers, who later reduced Karnataka to 36 for 3 at stumps. Abhimanyu Mithun was Karnataka s star bowler with his fifer. Skipper Vinay Kumar bagged 2 wickets. Later, Umesh Yadav and Rajneesh Gurbani made sure the dangerous Karnataka top-order was unsettled for paltry score. Mayank Agarwal was out for 15 before getting out and was the top-scorer for Karnataka on Sunday.

Brief scores:

Vidarbha 185 (Wasim Jaffer 39, Aditya Sarwate 47; Vinay Kumar 2 for 36, Abhimanyu Mithun 5 for 45) lead Karnataka 36 for 3 (Mayank Agarwal 15, Karun Nair 6*; Umesh Yadav 1 for 22, Rajneesh Gurbani 2 for 9) by 149 runs