Ranji Trophy: Wet outfield, poor light curtail second day's play in Bengal-Gujarat match

Wet outfield and poor light contributed to only 20 overs being bowled on day two of the Ranji Trophy fourth round match between Bengal and Gujarat at Eden Gardens.

Bengal seamer Ishan Porel dismissed Kathan Patel when play began on day two at Eden Gardens.   -  PTI

Wet outfield and poor light spoilt yet another day allowing just 20 overs on the second day of Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match between host Bengal and Gujarat. After the first day’s action was washed out, the second day saw a delayed start with the match finally getting underway after lunch at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.

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Gujarat made 46 for the loss of one wicket after Bengal chose to field on winning the toss. In absence of the suspended veteran pacer, Ashok Dinda, young Ishan Porel spearheaded the Bengal attack and got an early break-through removing one of the openers, Kathan Patel (12). Priyank Panchal, the other Gujarat opener, withstood the Bengal speedsters remaining unbeaten on 25, in company of Samit Gohil (7 batting), before bad light stopped play after barely 90 minutes of action.

Bengal brought in two changes compared to the team that played the last match against Andhra. All-rounder Ritwik Roy Chowdhury made his first-class debut for the host replacing batsman Sudip Chatterjee while medium-pacer Ayan Bhattacharya replaced B. Amit in the pace department. On the other hand all-rounder Tejas Patel made his debut for Gujarat.

The scores

Gujarat - 1st innings: Kathan Patel Tiwary b Porel 12, Priyank Panchal (batting) 25, Samit Gohil (batting) 7; Extras (b-1, lb-1): 2; Total (for one wkt. In 20 overs): 46

Fall of wicket: 1-30

Bengal bowling: Ishan Porel 8-2-17-1, Mukesh Kumar 7-3-9-0, Akash Deep 4-0-15-0, Shahbaz 1-0-3-0.

Toss: Bengal

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