The hosts struggling with just three points from as many outings and their unimpressive performance against Mumbai will now have an uphill task against Bengal, which has seven points in their kitty.
Sujit Somasundar led Karnataka's advance into the next stage would depend on its performance during the four days against the strong Bengal team, which has been doingconsistently in this Ranji season.
Under the given situation, Karnataka has to eye an outright win to be in the reckoning, a task which is not so easy against Bengal.
The city is playing host to a Ranji trophy match after a gap of seventeen years.
Teams from: Karnataka - Sujit Somasundar (Cpt), Robin Uthappa, Barrington Rowland, V S Thilak Naidu (WK), Sudhindra P Shinde, Stuart Binny, Sunil Joshi, Akhil Ganesh, R Vinay Kumar, Bharat Chipli, N C Aiyappa, Udit Patel, C Raghavendra and Raghu.
Coach: K Jeshwanth. Manager: P V Shashikanth.
Bengal: Deep Dasgupta (Cpt), Anirdam Das, Subhonomy Das, Debang Gandhi, Rohan Gavaskar, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Ranadeb Bose, Shiv Shankar Paul, S Lahari, Shiv Sagar Singh, T Manoj, J Abishek, Sanjib Sanyal and Asok Dinds.
Coach: Paraas Mahmbrey. Manager: Samir Das Gupta.