Bengal in command after scoring 529/7 decl. against Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Pacers Mohammed Shami and Ashoke Dinda blew away the Chhattisgarh top-order with incisive spells after Bengal scored a mammoth 529 for 7 on the second day of the Ranji Trophy group D encounter.
Courtesy Sudeep Chatterjee's (118) second hundred in as many games along with veteran Anushtup Majundar's quickfire (70 off 88 balls), Bengal managed to surpass 500-run mark in their second successive game of the season. With a cushion of runs under their belt, Chhattisgarh were reduced to 80 for 5 with Shami (2/33 in 9 overs) and Dinda (2/6 in 6 overs) rattling the mionnows with pace and swing. Earlier, Chatterjee scored his 10th hundred and also completed 3000 runs in first-class cricket in his 43rd game.
His 118 off 191 balls had 12 boundaries before he was trapped leg before by Shubham Singh. Skipper Manoj Tiwary (36) and Wriddhiman Saha (27) also did not score too many but Anushtup in company of B Amit (50, 66 balls) added 120 runs in 25.2 overs before Tiwary decided to have a go at the home team for 31 overs.