It was a disappointing outing for Ganguly as well as for about five thousand-odd crowd that turned up to watch him this morning.
Ganguly desperately stepped out to hit JP Yadav but failed to come in line as the ball took the inner edge of his bat giving a simple catch behind the wickets.
Asked to bat in a reduced 45-over match due to overnight rains, East Zone, who has lost their two previous matches could muster only 226 for six, thanks to a 66 off 96 balls by Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and a hurricane 32 off only 14 balls by Shib Sagar Singh.
JP Yadav gave the first blow to the East when he dismissed the East skipper and Test discard Deep Dasgupta for only 15 who was caught behind the wickets after facing 30 deliveries. Ganguly followed him suit. He was at the crease for 59 minutes and faced 43 balls hitting two fours.
Rohan Gavaskar too did not last long as he was removed by Praveen Kumar for only 10. He was caught behind by wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik. There was some ugly scene when Gavaskar and Praveen Kumar had some hot exchanges at the wicket. Central skipper JP Yadav and umpire had to rush to cool down them.
At this stage, Jhunjhunwala, accompnied by Rajiv Kumar, put on 69 for the fourth wicket off 92 balls to take East score from 72 for three to 141. This partnership was broken by Sandeep Singh when he got Rajiv Kumar caught by JP Yadav for 16 (37balls). Jhunjhunwala was next to depart caught by Yagnik, his fourth victims off Praveen Kumar for 66 (96 balls, 4x6).
Manoj Tiwari too failed cheaply for 14 caught by JP Yadav off Harvinder and thereafter Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Shib Sagar Singh did some rapid scoring for the East. The later was more attacking as he returned unbeaten on 32 off only 14 balls with one four and two sixes. Shukla remained not out on 23 off 21 balls with two fours.
JP Yadav bowled extremely well as he took 2 for 29 while Praveen Kumar captured 2 for 48.