RESULT
Group D, Raipur, November 01 - 04, 2017, Ranji Trophy
238 & 297
653/9d

Punjab won by an innings and 118 runs

Player Of The Match
267
anmolpreet-singh
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Gony stars for Punjab; Raman's 176 sets Bengal up

Punjab had Chhattisgarh at 35 for 5, before the tail provided a fine fightback. Bengal and Vidharbha's batsmen enjoyed better days with their openers scoring big centuries

Punjab 57 for 1 (Jiwanjot 40*) trail Chhattisgarh 238 (Vishal 76, Saxena 52, Ruikar 50, Gony 4-41) by 181 runs
Scorecard
A brutal new-ball spell from Manpreet Gony reduced Chhattisgarh to 35 for 5 - their run-rate was barely over 1 - but the lower order mounted a fine rearguard to lift the total up to a comparatively respectable 238 in Raipur.
Vishal Kushwah, coming in at No. 9 in his third first-class match, top scored with 76 off only 93 deliveries. Equally aggressive was the No. 7 Jatin Saxena, whose 52 came off 59 balls. The No. 8 batsman Sumit Ruikar ensured there was a hat-trick of fifties on the scorecard, and he was the last man dismissed for an even 50.
Until their efforts, Punjab looked unstoppable. Gony (4-41) and Sandeep Sharma (2-41) dismissed the Chhattisgarh openers for ducks and ensured none of the top five batsmen got past a score of 15. Left-arm spinner Vinay Chaudhary (3-56) finally broke through the lower-order resistance, dismissing two of the three half-centurions.
Perhaps wanting to stamp their dominance, Punjab captain Jiwanjot Singh came out swinging when it was their turn to bat, scoring 40 off only 44 balls and remaining unbeaten when stumps was called.
Bengal 306 for 5 (Raman 176, Tiwary 78*) v Himachal Pradesh
Scorecard
A hefty maiden first-class hundred from Abhishek Raman was the highlight of the first day's play at Eden Gardens, where Bengal made 306 for 5 against Himachal Pradesh. Raman was out in the sixth over before stumps after smashing 176 off 242 balls, with 29 fours peppering his innings.
Raman's dismissal ended a 163-run fourth-wicket stand with Manoj Tiwary, and was followed by that of Wriddhiman Saha in the final over of the day, ensuring Himachal went to stumps not entirely displeased with their day's work. Tiwary, batting on 78 (132b, 8x4, 1x6), will hold the key to Bengal's hopes of a big total.
Sent in to bat, Bengal lost Abhimanyu Easwaran in the first over of the day. Raman then added 37 for the second wicket with Sudip Chatterjee and 92 for the third with Koushik Ghosh (27) before Tiwary joined him with the score at 136 for 3.
Vidarbha 259 for 3 (Fazal 128*, Sanjay 55) v Services
Scorecard
An unbeaten hundred from Faiz Fazal led Vidarbha to a solid 259 for 3 against Services at the old VCA Stadium in Nagpur. Fazal batted right through the day's play, and went to stumps on 128, having faced 256 balls and hit 12 fours and three sixes.
Having chosen to bat, Vidarbha didn't lose a wicket until the 50th over of the day, when Muzzaffaruddin Khalid dismissed Sanjay Ramaswamy for a 146-ball 55. By then, the two openers had added 148. Services would only take two more wickets all day, with Fazal holding fort at one end while adding 43 for the second wicket with Wasim Jaffer, 36 for the third with Siddhesh Wath, and an unbroken 32 for the fourth with Ganesh Satish.

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Ranji Trophy
Group A
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
KNTKA6402320.479
DELHI6303270.333
MAHA6221160.084
HYD621116-0.156
RLYS623114-0.312
UP603250.508
ASSAM60422-0.977
Group B
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
GUJ6501340.097
KER6510310.636
SAU6312260.245
J + K61419-0.077
HRYNA61419-0.506
JHK61418-0.049
RAJ60246-0.294
Group C
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
MP631221-0.116
MUM6204210.228
AP6105190.326
BRODA6114160.508
TN601511-0.112
ODISA60246-0.648
TPURA60244-0.426
Group D
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
VIDAR6402310.358
BENG6213230.367
PNJB6222180.609
HP6114140.300
CGARH613213-0.514
SVCS612310-0.273
GOA60246-0.700