Kolkata, Dec 9: A now familiar batting collapse has left hosts Bengal staring at innings defeat against Tamil Nadu in a fourth round Elite Group B encounter of the Ranji Trophy at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.
Bengal wanted a green-top pitch to wriggle out of trouble but their batsmen didn't show enough application required to survive on such a strip.
In reply to Tamil Nadu's challenging 391, Bengal resumed the day for 84/2, but lost the remaining wickets in the first session to collapse for 176.
Following on, the hosts in their second essay ended the day for 163/4, needing 52 more runs to avoid an innings defeat as Sourav Ganguly-led-Bengal put up a sorry picture.
Leading the side in absence of Manoj Tiwary, Ganguly (28) was at the crease with former captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla (50).
The visitors put up a disciplined approach in the morning as Tamil Nadu seamer V Yomahesh (4/32) led the bowling pack, followed by two each by pacer Jagannathan Kaushik and left-arm spinner R Aushik Srinivas as Bengal once again failed to apply themselves to lose seven wickets before lunch.
Yo Mahesh also gave jitters in Bengal's second innings, scalping two for 31 before Ganguly and Shukla joined together in a rescue mission.
Such was the desperation, that Bengal had to bring on an injured Rohan Banerjee from the hospital bed but the right-hander had to retire hurt without scoring after facing eight balls.