Bengal on top, eager to get six points

Bengal's successful openers easwaran and arindam.

Bengal 387 & 216/3 (44.0 ov)

Jammu & Kashmir 315

Bengal lead by 288 runs with 7 wickets remaining


Kolkata:  Manoj Tiwary’s all-round performance puts bengal on top after the end of day three here in Eden gardens. As a part-time leg spinner Tiwary (2/19) firstly claimed two wickets including Kashmir’s top run scorer Bandeep Singh (73, 8×4, 1×6) to bowl the visitors out for 315 in their first innings. Thus Bengal got a handy 72-runs first innings lead.

The stylish Bengal batsman Manoj then decimated the J&K attack, scoring an unbeaten 52 off 37 deliveries (6×4) as they ended the day at 216 for three, a total lead of 288 runs.

“We want to bat tomorrow as well and take the lead to at least 350. Our first target is to secure a draw and then declare as soon as possible,” said Tiwary after the third day’s play.

Having already ensured three points on basis of their first innings lead, Bengal bowlers would hope that the dead looking Eden Gardens surface aid them on the last day to give them a chance to pocket six points with an outright win.

Bengal approached their second innings positively as the opening pair of Abhimanyu Easwaran (63) and Arindam Das (60) put on 126 runs together at a healthy 4.0 run rate.

Both the openers fell in successive overs but Tiwary was full of elegance as he ensured that Bengal hold on to the momentum with Sudeep Chatterjee giving a perfect support with a 21-ball 29 (4×4) before becoming a victim to J&K skipper Parveez Rasool.