Tiwary hits double ton as Bengal score big

Kolkata: Skipper Manoj Tiwary slammed a career best 267 as he made up for the lower-order batsmen`s failure to put Bengal in a firm position against Madhya Pradesh in their Elite division Ranji Trophy match on Friday.

Resuming on 318 for three, Bengal were bundled out for 496 with Tiwary`s sublime double century being the limelight, his fourth in 51 first-class matches.

After Sourav Ganguly`s dismissal who got out for 47 in the first session, adding 10 to his overnight score, Tiwary got little support from the lower order.

The last six batsmen added just 31 runs to the total, showing little application on a flat batting strip at the Jadavpur University ground at Saltlake.

But the visitors replied strongly with 136 for one, needing 361 more to get the first-innings lead and three points.

Wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha was at the crease with a fluent 60 from 117 balls (7x4, 1x6) and giving him company was Mohnish Mishra on 20 (27b, 3x4, 1x6). It was not a great start on day two for Bengal as former Indian skipper Ganguly was bowled by T P Sudhindra.

Wickets kept falling at the other end, as Tiwary battled lonely. He hit left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma for two sixes and another against off-spinner Jalaj Saxena.

Medium pacer Ishwar Pandey claimed four for 115 for Madhya Pradesh.

Bengal skipper Tiwary lamented that they should have scored a few more runs.

"We should have scored a few more runs. The batsmen came up with poor shot selection," Tiwary rued.

Tiwary however stayed positive and hoped to exploit the early morning moisture in the first session on Saturday. "But at the end, we have runs under our belt. The first-half will be crucial. We need to take early wickets. It`s a flat strip," Tiwary said.

On his knock, Tiwary preferred to rank his 210 against Mumbai higher.

"It`s certainly one of my best knocks I have played so far. But my favourite remains the 210 v Mumbai," he said. Bengal have three points while Madhya Pradesh are yet to open their account in the group B table.


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