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Karnataka force Bengal to follow-on

Mandya: Hosts Karnataka shot out Bengal for 228 to secure vital first innings lead of 183 runs and force the visitors to follow on in their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match on the penultimate day here on Monday.

Resuming at overnight seven for no loss in reply to Karnataka’s 411, Rohan Gavaskar-led Bengal failed to rise up to the challenge with the exception of Laxmi Ratan Shukla (86) and Sanjib Sanyal (43) and folded up in 99.5 overs.

Highlight of Bengal’s innings was an 89-run stand between Shukla and Sanyal, who hit six fours, for the sixth wicket. Shukla then shared a 50-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Utpal Chatterjee (14).

Shukla’s 123-ball knock included eight fours and three sixes. For Karnataka, Dodda Ganesh grabbed four wickets for 54 runs, while Sunil Joshi scalped three for 49.

At stumps, Bengal were 17 for one in their second knock, losing Deep Dasgupta for nought. (PTI)

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