Kolkata: Captain Manoj Tiwary`s unbeaten 120 guided West Bengal to 261 for 4 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy super league group B match against Gujarat at the Eden gardens on Thursday.
Tiwary shared a yet-to-be-broken 105-run partnership with Wriddhiman Saha (41 not out) while former India captain Sourav Ganguly also chipped in with 34 off 63 -- packed with seven bouderies -- as Bengal started strongly.
While Tiwary hit both medium pacers and spinners all around the wicket to garner 120 off 234 balls with 20 hits to the fence, Saha Made 41 off 73 deliveries with seven fours.
Gujarat struck early when they claimed the wickets of openers Arindam das and Parthasarathy Bhattacharjee with 3 and 26 runs on the board respectively.
The visitors tightened their stranglehold as they got Arindam Ghosh, who scored 29, with the total reading 78.
But once Ganguly joined Tiwary, the hosts gained momentum and runs were scored from all corners. However, while going for a big hit Ganguly mistimed spinner J T Makla and was caught at cover by P K Panchal.
Saha joined Tiwary after Ganguly`s exit and both played judiciously to remain unseperated taking the total to 261 at the draw of the stumps.