Rohtak: Bengal bowlers staged a recovery after hundreds from Rahul Dewan and Sunny Singh as Haryana finished day one at 258 for 5 in their Ranji Trophy Elite (Group B) match on Tuesday.
The 161-run second wicket stand between Rahul (115) and Sunny (111) gave Haryana a solid platform but the team`s middle-order let the advantage slip as the side slumped from 198 for two to 249 for four.
At stumps, Sachin Rana and skipper Amit Mishra were holding the fort at 5 and 2, respectively with the Sourav Ganguly led Bengal having the slight advantage.
In fact, barring the two centurions, the rest of the dismissed batsmen failed to touch even the double-figure mark.
Iresh Saxena was the most successful bowler for Bengal; picking up two for 63 runs in his 27 overs after Haryana won the toss and elected to bat.
After Nitin Saini (9) was caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Shami Ahmed`s bowling, it was the combined effort of Rahul and Sunny that brought Haryana back on track.
While Rahul`s knock came off 211 deliveries, including 15 fours, Sunny struck four sixes along with 11 boundaries in his 193-ball stay at the crease.
Rahul was the first to depart among the duo when Ashok Dinda had him caught behind by Saha in the 63rd over.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla then rattled Sunny`s stumps in the 77th over.
Brief Scores : Haryana 1st Innings: 258/5 in 90 overs (Rahul Dewan 115, Sunny Singh 111, Iresh Saxena 2/63).