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The first-innings lead is set to determine the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 winners as the fourth day’s play of the Saurashtra versus Bengal final came to an end at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday.
Here’s how the day panned out:
DRS came to Wriddhiman Saha’s rescue early on Day 4 after Bengal resumed the day’s play on the overnight score of 134/3.
A Jaydev Unadkat delivery had struck Saha on the pads, but the TV umpire ruled that there was an edge before the ball hit the pads and Saha got a reprieve. A few balls later, Saha survived a run-out scare before hitting Unadkat for two successive fours to bring up Bengal’s 150.
Sudip Chatterjee, who had walked out to bat in the first session on Day 3, meanwhile, completed his half-century after facing 154 deliveries.
The two – Chatterjee and Saha – continued to bat on as Bengal, who did not lose a wicket in the first two hours of Day 4, brought up their 200 in the 89th over.
Saha then went on to complete his fifty as Bengal moved to 218/3, scoring 84 runs in the opening session on the fourth day.
The pair of Chatterjee and Saha had joined forces on Wednesday and completed a hundred-run partnership, having faced 47.4 overs, soon after the play resumed in the second session.
However, Saurashtra managed to break the stand as Dharmendrasinh Jadeja ended Sudip Chatterjee’s 430-minute vigil. The Bengal left-hander scored a gritty 81 off 241 deliveries.
Prerak Mankad dismissed Saha, who scored 64, soon after as Bengal lost two of their set batsmen in the space of 16 runs. Chetan Sakariya then struck on the stroke of the tea break as he disturbed the timber to get Shahbaz Ahmed out.
Bengal were 263/6 when Shahbaz got out and needed a partnership to keep alive their hopes and it was Majumdar, who once again came to his team’s rescue.
Majumdar, who had scored hundreds in the quarterfinal and semi-final to power Bengal to the final, and Arnab Nandi put up an unbeaten 91-run stand, denying Saurashtra any more success before the close of play
While Majumdar remained unbeaten on 58, Nandi scored 28* to take Bengal to 354/6, trailing Saurashtra by 71 runs, at stumps on Day 4.