Ranji Trophy: Gharami’s 186, Anustup’s 117 and minister Tiwary’s 54 power Bengal to massive total
Ranji Trophy: Bengal reached 577 for five in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Jharkhand on Tuesday, with Sudip Gharami stealing the show for the second day in a row with a 186-run knock.
At the close of the second day’s play at the Just Cricket Academy Ground, seasoned Anustup Majumdar helped himself to a century (117) before Manoj Tiwary, a sitting minister for youth affairs and sports in West Bengal, strolled back undefeated on 54.
The 23-year-old Gharami’s tenure in the middle ended in a disputed decision, after which Bengal decided to move the ball around for ones and twos rather than try for quick runs and declare their first innings.
Bengal showed no signs of haste, and it will be interesting to see how long they bat on the third day.
Despite the fact that there was no touch between the bat and the ball on its way to wicketkeeper Kumar Kushagra on the leg side, Gharami was declared out by the umpire.
Gharami, who was 106 at the time of his dismissal, had scored 186 runs off 380 balls. Hitting 21 fours and a six during his lengthy stint at the crease. Gharami and Majumdar put on a 243-run stand.
Abhishek Raman, who was injured on the opening day and retired on 41, returned to make 61. While Abishek Porel, who was a member of India’s Under-19 World Cup-winning squad earlier this year. He contributed with a 111-ball 68, making the most of the opportunity he given. After Wriddhiman Saha’s departure due to differences with the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Anustup scored 194 runs in 194 balls and hit the fence 15 times. While former captain Tiwary hammered three fours and a six in his 146-ball unbeaten innings. Tiwary has featured in three Ranji finals and still hopes to win the country’s main domestic event.
After starting the day on 310 for one, Gharami and Anustup put on 65 runs. Before the latter bowled by left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem.
Jharkhand took two more wickets before veteran Tiwary found an able ally in youthful Abishek Porel. And the two put up a 109-run fifth-wicket stand to help their team. That is hoping to bat only once in the game.
Gharami, who had a best score of 27 in his previous four games, displayed excellent patience. And skill once again, but was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved double ton.
Gharami, the son of a labour contractor who would borrow money from relatives. To acquire cricket equipment, repaid head coach Arun Lal’s faith in him with this hit.
Bengal: 577/5 in 178 overs (Sudip Gharami 186, Anushtup Majumdar 117, Abhimanyu Easwaran 65, ABhishek Porel 68, Abhishek Raman 61, Manoj Tiwary batting 54) vs Jharkhand.
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