India Domestic Ranji Trophy Elite - Group B - Baroda v Bengal – 4th Day’s Update
Baroda 284/139 v Bengal 390/36 - Bengal won by 9 wickets
On Saturday, December 24, 2011 Bengal won the Group B four-day match against Baroda by nine wickets in the ongoing Ranji Trophy Elite at Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara.
On the fourth and final day of the match, Bengal exhibited a stupendous bowling performance, where not only did they halt their opponents from posting a daunting total on the board, but also prevented them from retaining their wickets to end the match in a draw.
Bengal, came out with a clear plan to win the game for which they were not willing to let Baroda batsmen stay on the crease long enough to forge some sort of a batting resurgence.
After ending the third day of play on 103 runs for the loss of five wickets, Baroda were in a position to leave Bengal without the glory of triumph becasue with only five wickets down, they had a chance to bat their way to domination by preventing the fall of wickets.
Number-three batsman, Rakesh Solanki, who scored a handsome tally of 55 runs at stumps on the third day, fell cheaply has he lost his wicket after hammering a knock of 59 runs. The demise of the batsmen was a big loss for their side as they were heavily depending on him to get them through in this difficult time. At the time of his wicket, the side managed to amass only 107 runs.
After grabbing the wicket of Baroda batsman, Ashok Dinda, Bengal’s medium-pacer bagged the wicket of Swapnil Singh, who was dismissed without scoring a run, the demise of two quick wickets, wrecked havoc in the Baroda camp as they saw the game slipping out of their grasp.
In this chaos, Irfan Pathan was Baroda’s only hope; however, with 133 runs on the board, the flamboyant all-rounder was dismissed after hammering an innings of 29 runs.
From Bengal, Ashok Dinda, was the most successful bowler by grabbing five wickets in the second innings.
In the end, the side diminished after posting a total of 139 runs on the board, giving Bengal 34 runs to win the match.
Bengal after losing the only wicket of opener Arindam Das (9) reached the required target in 12.4 overs.