[caption id="attachment_668844" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-668844" alt="Will Manoj Tiwary (L) led Bengal face tournament favourites Karantaka in the final? AFP, PTI" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/banner1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Will Manoj Tiwary (L) led Bengal face tournament favourites Karantaka in the final? AFP, PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Ranji Trophy 2017-18 has reached the semi-final stage. While Karnataka, Vidarbha and Delhi made it by virtue of outright results, Bengal edged past defending champions Gujarat on the basis of first-innings lead. Though BCCI have not issued an official statement regarding the semi-final venues, Bengal and Delhi will supposedly lock horns at Pune. On the other hand, Karnataka will face Vidarbha at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Talk in the town</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Vidarbha skipper Faiz Fazal told <em>Sportstar</em><em>: </em>"We will be reaching Kolkata on December 14 for our semi-final against Karnataka. We are looking forward to the challenge." Meanwhile, one of the top officials from Cricket Association of Bengal stated: "The preparation has begun and we will ensure that the cricket fans enjoy a good contest." <p></p> <p></p><strong>Favourites?</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Karnataka have won the championship twice since 2013-14. Given the manner in which they dominated Mumbai, they are itching to lift their third title in five seasons. Bengal had won the Ranji Trophy last in 1989-90, whereas Delhi's last title victory came in 2007-08. Vidarbha, projected as the dark horse, are yet to win the tournament.