RANJI TROPHY, 2019-20
Ishan Porel bagged 5 for 39 to bowl Karnataka out for 122 © Getty
Ishan Porel’s third first-class fifer helped Bengal bundle out Karnataka for 122 in the first innings and take a massive lead of 190, after having been bowled out for 312 earlier in the day.
Only five Karnataka batters managed to register double digit scores, with K Gowtham’s 31 being the highest. Porel’s efforts were well backed by Akash Deep and Mukesh Kumar, who combined to bag the remaining five wickets.
Resuming Day 2 on 275 for 9, Bengal added 37 runs in the morning session before Porel, the No. 11 bat, was dismissed. Anustup Majumdar, who had stroked a century on the opening day, finished unbeaten on 149.
Karnataka fought back later in the day by reducing Bengal to 23 for 3, courtesy Abhimanyu Mithun’s triple burst, in their second essay before Bengal could go to stumps on 72 for 4, with a lead of 262 and Sudip Chatterjee unbeaten on 40.
Brief scores: Bengal 312 (Anustup Majumdar 149*; Ronit More 3-52, Abhimanyu Mithun 3-77) & 72/4 (Sudip Chatterjee 40*; Abhimanyu Mithun 3-9) lead Karnataka 122 (K Gowtham 31, KL Rahul 26; Ishan Porel 5-39, Akash Deep 3-30) by 262 runs
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A brace each by Jaydev Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja left Gujarat reeling at 119 for 6 on Day 2, after Saurashtra were shot out for 304 earlier in the day.
After losing the openers in the first two overs, Dhruv Raval and Parthiv Patel managed to get starts, but failed to make good use of it. Rujul Bhatt held one end up and went to stumps unbeaten on 27, but only has the company of the lower order as the visitors look to close up the 185-run deficit.
Earlier in the day, Sheldon Jackson stroked his 19th first-class ton to help Saurashtra past the 300-run mark. The rest of Saurashtra’s lower order didn’t contribute much as they lost their last five wickets 87 runs on Sunday morning. Arzan Nagwaswalla returned a fifer – his fourth in first-class.
Brief scores: Saurashtra 304 (Sheldon Jackson 103, Arzan Nagwaswalla 5-81, Axar Patel 3-56) lead Gujarat 119/6 (Dhruv Raval 35; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 2-10, Jaydev Unadkat 2-42) by 185 runs.
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