Tiwary, Veer Pratap help Bengal bag three points

Tiwary, Veer Pratap help Bengal bag three points

Delhi fail to progress to KO phase for second successive year

Tiwary’s herculean 187 (380 balls, 24x4) played over nine hours helped Bengal to a slender yet important three run-lead against Delhi which took their points tally to eight. Even though Bengal remain at the bottom of the table, they have realistic chance of beating the drop if they can atleast manage three against Baroda in their concluding match.

For Delhi, it was yet another disappointing campaign as they couldn’t qualify for the knock-outs for the second successive year. Resuming the day precariously at 358 for eight, 35 runs short of a first innings lead, Tiwary again shielded Singh refusing easy singles while adding another two fours to his 22-run innings.

However, it was debutant Veer whose copybook cover drive off Rajat Bhatia ensured Bengal reach the magic figure of 393. The youngster was applauded by his senior Tiwary, who for the first time opened his helmet to acknowledge the crowd -- something he didn’t even do when he reached 100 and 150. Veer, who played 51 balls, has now ensured that veteran Ranadeb Bose may just have to sit out of the next match unless selectors decide to drop spinner Iresh Saxena.

There was no stopping for Veer, who followed it up with a square cut for a boundary over point region as he showed amazing temperament in his maiden first-class match.

Soon after Singh ensured the three points of the first delivery of the 118th over, Tiwary mistimed one Pradeep Sangwan delivery for a simple catch to the bowler as he got out having done the hardwork. Dinda faced two balls before skipper Sourav Ganguly made the declaration. Sangwan took a five-wicket haul, having toiled for 35.4 overs in absence of seniorpro Ashish Nehra.

In their second essay, Delhi replied with 186 for three as they batted two sessions before calling it off after 57 overs. Puneet Bisht (57), Mithun Manhas (52 not out) and Yogesh Nagar (50 not out) scored half-centuries each.

Score Board

DELHI (I Innings): 392 all out in 144.4 overs
BENGAL (I Innings): Sreevats Goswami (run out) 14, Arindam Das b Rawat 2, Writam Porel lbw Sangwan 14, Manoj Tiwary c & b Sangwan 187, Shami Ahmed c Bisht b Sangwan 0, Sourav Ganguly c Nagar b Sangwan 50, Laxmi Ratan Shukla c Chand b Awana 31, Subhomoy Das b Sangwan 36, Iresh Saxena lbw Awana 12, Veer Pratap Singh (not out) 15, Ashoke Dinda (not out) 0. Extras (B-10, LB-17, NB-9) 36. Total (for 9 wkts decl, 124.4 overs) 397.

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-20, 3-67, 4-68, 5-138, 6-226, 7-316, 8-354, 9-397.
Bowling: Parvinder Awana 37-6-118-2, Kuldeep Rawat 28-7-71-1, Pradeep Sangwan 35.4-6-107-5, Rajat Bhatia 13-2-37-0, Manoj Chauhan 11-2-37-0.
DELHI (II Innings): Ankur Julka c Goswami b Dinda 22, Uumukt Chand c Goswami b Dinda 4, Puneet Bisht b Shami 57, Mithun Manhas (not out) 52, Yogesh Nagar (not out) 50. Extras (NB-) 1. Total (for 3 wkts, 57 overs) 186.
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-68, 3-88.
Bowling: Ashoke Dinda 14-3-43-2, Shami Ahmed 9-2-28-1, Iresh Saxena 16-4-59-0, Veer Pratap Singh 10-3-27-0, Manoj Tiwary 8-0-29-0.
Other scores: Group A: In Lucknow: Mumbai: 414 all out in 134.5 overs and 11/2 in 10 overs drew Uttar Pradesh: 312 all out in 95.5 overs (Bhuvneshwar Kumar 62, Mohammad Kaif 27, Parvinder Singh 51, Suresh Raina 58, Eklavya Dwivedi 26 n.o., Rudra Pratap Singh 31; Dhawal Kulkarni 2-100, Ramesh Powar 5-69). Mumbai 3 pts, Uttar Pradesh 1.
In Jaipur: Rajasthan: 396 all out in 98.4 overs and 241/4 in 70 overs (Aakash Chopra 98, Vineet Saxena 35, Hrishikesh Kanitkar 52; Jaidev Unadkat 2-45, Sandeep Maniar 2-91) bt Saurashtra: 265 all out in 104.4 overs and 143 all out in 56.5 overs (Jaydev Shah 35, Sitanshu Kotak 28 n.o.; Pankaj Singh 2-49, Rituraj Singh 2-44, Sumit Mathur 6-33). Rajasthan 5 pts, Saurashtra 0.
In New Delhi: Railways: 379 all out in 144.4 overs and 113/2 in 51 overs (Shreyas Khanolkar 50 n.o., Nitin Bille 31) drew Orissa: 331 all out in 150.1 overs (Paresh Patel 95, Subhrajit Sahoo 70, Subit Biswal 31, Abhilash Mallick 51, Govind Podder 44; Krishnakant Upadhyay 2-69, Murali Kartik 3-74, Ashish Yadav 2-27, Sanjay Bangar 2-51). Railways 3 pts, Orissa 1.
Group B: In Ahmedabad: Tamil Nadu: 698/8 decl in 181 overs and 100/0 in 14 overs (Abhinav Mukund 42 n.o., Murali Vijay 57 n.o.) drew Gujarat: 539 all out in 146 overs (Priyank Panchal 80, Avi Barot 41, Pratharesh Parmar 66, Manprit Juneja 201 n.o., Jesal Karia 72; J Kaushik 3-64, R Aushik Srinivas 3-176, Sunny Gupta 3-139). Tamil Nadu 3 pts, Gujarat 1.
In Rohtak: Madhya Pradesh: 487 all out in 163.3 overs drew Haryana: 126 all out in 55.5 overs and 346/7 in 135 overs (Nitin Saini 53, Sunny Singh 76, Prateek Pawar 84, Sachin Rana 64, Priyank Tehlan 34; TP Sudhindra 3-83). Madhya Pradesh 3 pts, Haryana 1.

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