Ranji: Bengal, HP relegated to plate division

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Bengal were relegated to the plate division of the Ranji Trophy ever since the inception of the Super League (Elite groupe) and plate group, losing by 101 runs to Andhra Pradesh at the Eden Gardens today, perhaps the gloomiest day for cricket in the state.

Chasing 214 runs for victory, Bengal were humiliated by the Andhra Pradesh bowlers, who dismissing the hosts within 30 overs for 112 in their second innings to set up an emphatic victory.

Bengal's batting continued to crumble like worn out cookies as none other than Manoj Tewari (35) and captain L R Shukla (39) reaching double figuers.

Y Ganewshwara Rao and P Vijay Kumar took five wickets a piece to make the kill smooth and clinical.

Earlier, Andhra were dismissed for 190 in their second innings with MSK Prasad hitting a brilliant 54 embolding Andhra's chance of a victory.

R Bose bowled his heart out with seven wickets in the second eassay, but that was not good enough as the Bengal batters did not join the party.

A dejected Bengal coach Bharat Arun said, ''we just could not bat in the last six innings. It has gone into the psyche that we are not batting well and that has made them play even more poorly.'' Shukla groped for an excuse. ''What can i say. We did not apply ouirselves,'' he said.

While Joint Secretary Samar Pal was nowhere near the club house, his colleague Amitabha Banerjee said, ''we will look into the matter.'' CAB President Prasun mukherjee is in Australia to honour Sourav Ganguly.

In the first innings Bengal were shot out for 98 in reply to Andhra's 121.

Brief scores:

Ranji Trophy Super League:

Andhra 121 and 190 (Prasad 54, Bose 7-74) beat Bengal 98 and 112 (Gnaneshwara Rao 5-16, Vijay Kumar 5-56) by 101 runs

Rajasthan 218 and 185 for 1 (Saxena 101*, Bishnoi 63*) beat Himachal Pradesh 280 and 122 (Mathur 7-49, Gehlot 2-44) by 9 wickets

Delhi 338 and 10 for 0 (Gambhir 6*, Chopra 2*) need another 95 runs to beat Tamil Nadu 268 and 174 (Ramkumar 57, Nanda 5-47)

Hyderabad 193 and 55 for 2 (Manohar 28*, Shoaib 0*) need another 383 to beat Uttar Pradesh 336 and 294 for 3 dec (Kaif 100*, Ravikant Shukla 70)

Maharashtra 276 and 18 for 3 (Vinay Kumar 3-3) need another 251 runs to avoid an innings defeat against Karnataka 545 for 9 dec Chipli 135*, Goud 122)

Mumbai 187 for 2 (Muzumdar 86*, Rahane 83*) v Saurashtra 484 (Kotak 168*, Mangela 5-105)

Baroda 255 and 120 for 3 (Gaekwad 58*) lead Orissa 294 (Das 114, Pawar 6-66) by 81 runs

Ranji Trophy Plate League, semi-finals, 3rd day:

Madhya Pradesh 93 and 63 for 1 (Pasha 30*, Saxena 27*) need another 302 runs to beat Gujarat 192 and 265 (Parthiv Patel 84, Dholpure 5-64)

Railways 348 for 7 (Sanyal 115, Rawat 77, Rawle 66) trail Kerala 357 by 9 runs


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