Arindam hits first pink ball century in India

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club's Arindam Ghosh achieved a rare feat of scoring a hundred in a pink-ball match at any level. The 29-year-old Ghosh hit 11 fours and five sixes to help his team set Bhawanipore Club an improbable target of 496 runs.

Arindam Ghosh used his experience to play every ball on merit in his 125, accumulated over five hours and 39 minutes.   -  K.R. Deepak

Railways batsman Arindam Ghosh achieved a rare feat of scoring a hundred in a pink-ball match at any level as Mohun Bagan Athletic Club (MBAC) set Bhawanipore Club an improbable target of 496 runs on the penultimate day of the Super League final at the Eden Gardens here on Monday.

At 132 for six in its second innings after the end of the third day's play, Bhawanipore, still needing another 364, stared at a certain defeat.

Resuming from 150 for four in its second innings, MBAC banked on Ghosh's century and Sanjib Sanyal's half-century to score 349 in its second innings.

Ghosh, beginning from his overnight score of 49, batted beautifully to play the anchor's role to perfection. The 29-year-old used his experience to play every ball on merit in his 125, accumulated over five hours and 39 minutes. Ghosh hit 11 fours and five sixes, one of them over long on bringing up his hundred.

Ghosh was involved in four partnerships – 44 with Subhomoy Das for third wicket, 84 with Anustup Majumdar for fifth wicket, 75 with Sanjib Sanyal for seventh wicket and 36 with Mohammad Shami for ninth wicket – before being caught at long off in Geet Puri's bowling to depart as the last MBAC batsman.

For Bhawanipore, Ayan Bhattacharya, who had captured four wickets the previous night, picked up two more to record a six-wicket haul. Left-arm spinner Sujit Yadav bowled impressively to claim two wickets.

The scores: MBAC 299 and 349 in 88.1 overs (Arindam Ghosh 125, Sanjib Sanyal 51, Anustup Majumdar 39, Vivek Singh 36, Mohd. Shami 27, Ayan Bhattacharya six for 96, Sujit Yadav two for 59) vs Bhawanipore Club 153 and 132 for six in 35 overs (Shubham Chatterjee 50, P.S. Bhattacharya 40, Vivek Singh two for nine, Sourav Mondal two for 14, Mohd. Shami two for 79).