Ranji Trophy: Hyderabad, Bengal share honours on rain-hit day

But for the late evening blow by left-arm pacer Chama Milind, Hyderabad would have been left to rue its call at the toss.

Hyderabad pacer Chama Milind celebrates with his teammates after dismissing Bengal's Sudip Chatterjee on the first day of the Ranji Trophy Group B match in Hyderabad on Friday.   -  V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Hyderabad inserted Bengal in to bat after a delayed start on the first day of the Ranji Trophy Group B match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.

But for the late evening blow by left-arm pacer Chama Milind, who trapped the well-set southpaw Sudip Chatterjee (32) in front, the home side would have been left to rue its call at the toss.

Clearly, Hyderabad’s brains-trust was tempted by the overcast conditions with the sun coming out only briefly very late in the evening.

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Pacer Ravi Kiran earned the first breakthrough when he forced the in-form opener Abhinav Raman to drive away from his body only to edge to  Rohit Rayudu, who took a good catch in the slips.

A 78-run stand for the second wicket between Abhimanyu Easwaran — unbeaten after a well-compiled half-century — and Chatterjee, who batted with a lot of responsibility, restored parity.

That said, the pace trio of Ravi Kiran, India international Mohammed Siraj and Milind was unlucky as quite a few edges fell short of the fielders in the cordon.

Earlier, overnight rains left certain parts of the ground wet in patches and it took a terrific effort from the groundstaff, under the supervision of neutral curator Prashanth (KSCA), to ensure action could finally commence before the tea-break.