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Bengal-Orissa tie all square

December 09, 2007 21:39 IST

Twenty wickets fell in the first day of Bengal-Orissa Ranji Trophy 'Elite-B' match at the Kanchanjungha Stadium pitch that appeared to be the grave yard for batsmen.

Put to bat, Bengal managed to reach only 107 in 35 overs with Orissa bowler Basant Mohanty taking six wickets for 28 runs. In their earlier match here, Bengal had amassed 513 runs in their first innings against Punjab only six days ago.

In reply, Orissa batsmen also found the pitch scary and were all out for 99 in 38.4 overs. Nearly matching Basant Mohanty, home team bowler Sourav Sarkar took five for 31.

For Bengal, Laxmi Ratan Sukla's 36 with five hits to the fence and an over boundary was the highest. Opener Arindam Das who had hit a ton on this ground against Punjab last week returned without scoring.

Tail enders Ranadeep Bose and Ashok Dinda too failed to open accounts in the innings that lasted only 175 minutes.

Basant ripped apart the hosts' middle order while Debasis Mohanty and Pritanjit Das took two wickets each.

Conceding eight run lead to Bengal, Orissa's innings failed to reach the three figure mark by one run lasting 178 minutes.

For Orissa, P Jayachandra scored the highest 22 runs with four boundaries. His 51-minute of stay in the middle ended as Wriddhiman Saha caught him off a Sourav Sarkar delivery.

Sarkar took five wickets conceding 31 runs in 11.4 overs. Ranadeb, who was selected in the probables squad for India team's forthcoming tour of Australia, took two wickets for 19 runs.

At stumps, Bengal openers Anustap Majumder and Anirban Das were on crease with no score on the board.

Scorecard:

Bengal (1st innings):
A Majumder c N Behera b P Das 15
A Das lbw b P Das 0
S Ghosh b D Mohanty 13
M Tiwary c H Das b B Mohanty 17
W Saha lbw b B Mohanty 9
LR Shukla c P Jaychandra b B Mohanty 36
K Mondal c B Pati b B Mohanty 0
S Sarkar b B Mohanty 5
R Bose b D Mohanty 0
A Dinda b B Mohanty 0
SS Paul not out 1
Extras: (l-b 1, nb-10) 11
Total: (all out in 35 overs) 107

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-27, 3-52, 4-59, 5-63, 6-78, 7-100, 8-101, 9-102

Bowling: D Mohanty 11-3-24-2, P Das 11-2-52-2, P Jaychandra 4.3-2-2-0, B Mohanty 8.3-2-28-6

Orissa (1st innings):
B Pati c A Majumder b R Bose 7
SS Das c A Majumder b SS Paul 5
N Behera c W Saha b R Bose 7
RR Parida b A Dinda 15
P Jaychandra c W Saha b S Sarkar 22
R Das c M Tiwary b S Sarkar 5
H Das c K Mondal b S Sarkar 8
D Mohanty c A Majumder b S Sarkar 8
S Sehgal b SS Paul 0
B Mohanty not out 14
P Das c Kamal Hassan Mondal b S Sarkar 4
Extras: (lb-2, nb-2) 4
Total: (all out in 38.4 overs) 99

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-15, 3-27, 4-53, 5-59, 6-72, 7-73, 8-76, 9-93

Bowling: R Bose 9-3-19-2, SS Paul 12-3-36-2, S Sarkar 11.4-2-31-5, A Dinda 6-2-11-1

Bengal (2nd innings):
A Majumdar not out 0
A Das not out 0
Extras: 0
Total: (for no wickets in 1.2 overs) 0

Bowling: D Mohanty 1-1-0-0, P Das 0.2-0-0-0

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