Madhya Pradesh: 514/6
Bengal: 219, 303/8
Points: Madhya Pradesh: 3 Bengal: 1
Indore: Wriddhiman Saha’s match-saving innings of 92 enabled Bengal to get a point against Madhya Pradesh as they were able to avoid the ignominy of relegation from group B of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament, on Monday by virtue of a drawn game.
The precious point that Bengal got courtesy Wriddhiman and Saurashish Lahiri (48 no) took their points tally to 13 – one more than Jammu and Kashmir, who had finished their league engagements with 12 points from eight games.
Bengal thus managed to stay afloat in the elite tier despite finishing a horrible eighth out of nine teams. The other aspect of the match was Madhya Pradesh, who looked all but certain after the first session to make it to the quarter-finals, finished at 19 points — one short of 40-time champions Mumbai, who were lucky to qualify.
Starting the day at 111 for one after being enforced follow-on, Bengal needed to bat out the whole day in order to save the game and ultimately finished at 303 for eight in 127 overs.