Andhra strike back after conceding lead

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Visakhapatanam:Bengal succumbed to Andhra bowling after gaining a 46-run first innings lead and were reeling at 144 for 8 on the penultimate day of the Group A Ranji Trophy match played at ACA-VDCA stadium here today.

Resuming at 160 for 8 in reply to Bengal's first innings score of 234, hosts ended up their innings at 188 with Md Faiq scoring a useful 25.

Bengal second essay started on a disastrous note with RV Prasad trapping opener Deepdas Gupta (1) early and the visitors were 72 for five before Subhomoy Das played sensibly and picked up runs from loose deliveries.

He added 30 runs for the sixth wicket with L R Shukla and was out after playing a cautious knock of 30 off 113 balls with the help of three fours.

Sanjeeb Sanyal, the other batsman to defy some inspiring spells from Andhra bowlers, was unbeaten on 24 compiled from 125 balls he faced during his 165-minute stay at the wicket.

The visitors were 144 for 8 with Sabir Ali (1) giving company to Sanyal when stumps were drawn.

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