Indore: Shami Ahmed’s good work, of taking a hat-trick, on Sunday morning was undone in the afternoon as the Bengal batsmen mis-fired, thereby leaving the team under the threat of conceding a first innings lead to Madhya Pradesh, in the ongoing Ranji Trophy tie, at the Holkar Stadium.
Hosts MP have a clear edge over the visitors as they reduced Bengal to 200 for six, at stumps, on the second day of this Group A match. With just four wickets in hand, Bengal are still another 142 runs away from MP’s first innings total of 342.
At the close of play on Sunday, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala was unbeaten on 41, with Shami — yet to open his account — for company.
Unfortunately for Bengal, in-form batsman and stand-in captain Wriddhiman Saha departed on what turned out to be the last ball of the day. Saha had batted brilliantly for 291 minutes, facing 186 balls, to reach 87 when he was caught by rival wicketkeeper Naman Ojha, off the bowling of Ishwar Pandey.
Despite an impressive start to the day with pacer Shami (seven for 79) leading the way, Bengal’s reply began on the worst possible manner as they lost three wickets with just 19 on the board.
Openers Parthasarathi Bhattacharjee and Sreevats Goswami once again floundered, with Subhamoy Das, Writam Porel and Anustup Majumdar, too, falling cheaply.
Earlier, Shami, who had a big responsibility in the absence of Ashok Dinda, helped Bengal take the remaining five MP wickets for an addition of just 20 runs.