On Wednesday Ian Dev Singh Chauhan’s plucky half-ton followed by some lower-order resistance boosted Jammu & Kashmir share day two honours with Bengal in their Ranji Trophy cricket Group A match.

As Bengal ended their first innings at 387 runs all out, Jammu & Kashmir ended the day at 183 rusn for the loss of 5 wickets as they need 54 more runs to avoid a follow-on.

The tourists had two mini batting crumbles on both side of the lunch session but their batsman Chauhan who was in great shape once again saved their life with a quality score of 103-ball 72 (10 boundaries, 2 sixes) on  Eden Gardens wicket  which has alleviated considerably. Shubham Singh Pundir who scored 34 runs and Bandeep Singh who scored 27, then remained not out in a 55-run 6th wicket partnership to defeat Bengal.

Ahead by 204, Bengal will have the advantage with two more days left as the home team would first look to secure a considerable 1st innings lead before graving for an outright win. The flashback of the day was, however, Wriddhiman Saha’s devastating 166 runs from 252 balls (23 boundaries, 2 sixes) as the wicketkeeper took Bengal to 387 runs after a top-order batting disaster yesterday.

Resuming at 312/7 with not out Wriddhiman Saha in the overnight score of 129, Ashok Dinda got out in the 6th over of the day to bring an end to their 42 runs 9th wicket stand.  Match was seen by former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, Wriddhiman Saha played his normal game and completed his 150 runs in 245 balls with a marvelous six but he finally lost his focus with wickets falling at the other end.


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