Bengal's premier batsman Manoj Tiwary, who is one of India's 30 probables for the World Cup, had a close shave after being hit by an Abhimanyu Mithun rising delivery on the final day of his team's Ranji Trophy cricket match against Karnataka at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
All eyes will be on Bengal's newest batting sensation Sudeep Chatterjee as the hosts will have revenge on mind as they take on defending champions Karnataka in a second round group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament, here on Sunday.
Aravind Sreenath and Vinay Kumar's incisive spells on Wednesday helped Karnataka pull off a stunning 285-run win over arch-rivals Tamil Nadu in what turned out to be a thrilling Ranji Trophy A Group encounter here.
Having clinched the five-match series, a confident Indian team, sans stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, and the Sri Lankan cricketers arrived here late last night for the fourth ODI scheduled to be held at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.
Pacer R Vinay Kumar, who held his nerves in the last over to churn out a dramatic victory for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore, said he would like to put up a similar show every time for his team in the ongoing IPL.
R Vinay Kumar holds the ignominy of being the first and only Indian bowler till date to have conceded a whopping 100-plus runs in nine overs in an ODI but the pacer insists that he is in the form his life.
Rest of India captain Harbhajan Singh today doesn`t want to put too much pressure on himself thinking about his national comeback although he termed each and every match as "an opportunity to do well" in order to get back into the national team.
Riding high on confidence after winning the Ranji Trophy for the seventh time, Karnataka would be looking to add the Irani Cup to their silverware as they take on Rest of India in the traditional five-day match commencing at the Mangalam Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.
Karnataka lifted their seventh Ranji Trophy title Sunday beating Maharashtra by seven wickets in the final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here. Their captain Vinay Kumar said he always believed his young side had the ability to lift the Ranji title this season.
A gutsy unbeaten 89 by middle-order batsman Ankit Bawne and a half century by opener Chirag Khurana helped Maharashtra reach a respectable 272 for five at stumps on the first day of their Ranji Trophy final against Karnataka here on Wednesday.
Hosts Punjab frittered away the advantage of solid opening stand as they were all out for 270 as Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar ran through the middle-order with a five-wicket haul in the Ranji Trophy semi-final here on Sunday.
Seamers Abhimanyu Mithun and R Vinay Kumar wreaked havoc as Karnataka reduced Uttar Pradesh to 221 for nine, giving themselves a good chance to grab first innings lead, on the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match here on Thursday.