Ranji Trophy: Pujara slams hundred against Bengal
Cheteshwar Pujara registered his 24th first-class century in the Group B match between Saurashtra and Bengal at Eden Gardens, Kolkata that ended in a draw on Sunday.
Saurashtra won the toss and elected to field first. Bengal rode on Laxmi Shukla's fine hundred (155) that saved Bengal from a batting collapse after a top-order failure. His 138-run stand for the 6th wicket with Subhomoy Das (42) was a crucial one as it took his side to a decent total. The tail-enders chipped in as well to support Shukla who kept the scoreboard ticking from one end. Bengal were all-out for 303 in 75.2 overs.
Pujara's fighting century was the only talking point of Saurashtra's 1st innings as all other batsmen fell like a pack of cards around him. Ashok Dinda dismantled the batting line-up and grabbed 4 wickets, which included the price wicket of Pujara as well. Saurashtra were bundled out for 225 inside 80 overs, allowing Bengal to get away with a 78-run lead.
Bengal piled on more runs in the 2nd innings, but were all out for 194 thanks to Abhishek Bhatt's 6-wicket haul and Chirag Jani, who finished with 3 scalps. Saurashtra were faced with a steep target of 273 runs. However, the visitors ran out of time on the final day, managing to score just 189 runs at the loss of wickets.
Bengal gained 3 points on the basis of first-innings lead, while Saurashtra added 1 point to their tally.