Rajkot: Kamlesh Makvana notched up his maiden first class century and shared 128 runs for the seventh wicket with Rahul Dave (72) to propel Saurashtra to a first innings total of 423 against Bengal in their Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match here on Thursday.
Coming in to bat at the number eight position, Makvana scored a patient 108 off 290 balls before retiring hurt.
Makvana not only stitched a crucial partnership with Dave, who added just six runs to his overnight score, but also combined well with the tail-enders to take Saurashtra past the 400-run mark.
For Bengal, Ashok Dinda (3/105) and Saurasish Lahiri (3/64) scalped three wickets apiece while Sourav Sarkar accounted for two rival batsmen.
At stumps on day two of the four-day encounter, Bengal were 33 for the loss of one wicket.
Opener Arindam Das (4) was the lone Bengal batsman to fall, bowled by Jayesh Odedra. When stumps were drawn wicket-keeper Sreevats Goswami was batting on 19 and giving him company at the crease was Dibyendu Chakrabarty on six.
Earlier, resuming at 254 for six, Bengal tasted success early when Dave was caught by Goswami behind the stumps off Lahiri.
But a resolute Makvana was in no mood to give up. He stitched two crucial partnerships -- first 56 runs for the eighth wicket with Saurya Sanandiya (35) and then 70 runs with Odedra (20) -- to propel the home team to the big score.
Saurashtra 1st innings: 423 all out in 164 overs (Kamlesh Makvana 108, Rahul Dave 72; Ashok Dinda 3/105, Saurasish Lahiri 3/64).
Bengal 1st innings: 33 for one in 14 overs (Sreevats Goswami 16 batting, Dibyendu Chakrabarty 6 batting; Jayesh Odedra 1/12).