Resuming the day at 72 for 4, Bengal may handle simply 161 however the large 190-run first innings lead meant that Karnataka now have a mountain to climb.
Anustup Majumdar, who staged a fourth rescue-act this season with an unbeaten 149 within the first innings, hit a combative 41 in Bengal”s second innings amid one more batting collapse.
Bengal, who gained their earlier Ranji title throughout Sourav Ganguly’s debut season in 1989-90, would go for the kill to make their first last in 13 years. They had misplaced to Mumbai by 132 runs of their final last look in 2007.
Karnataka have already misplaced their top-order they usually have to provide a superlative batting effort to attain the required 254 runs within the remaining two days of the match.
KL Rahul (0) was dismissed by a peach of a supply by the first-innings hero Ishan Porel.
Fresh from three half-centuries and one century within the restricted overs sequence in New Zealand, Rahul provided no shot and selected to depart the supply outdoors the road nevertheless it swung in sharply to have him plumb in entrance.
As Karnataka misplaced their star participant within the second ball of their innings with the scorecard studying zero, the 21-year-old pacer was thumping his chest in jubilation. On a pitch which has slowed down and ball has turned gentle, Karnataka duo of R Samarth and Paddikal put up a 57-run partnership after the autumn of Rahul.
Bengal broke the partnership overturning the umpire’s determination with a profitable assessment from the bowling of Akash Deep who had Samarth plumb in entrance.
Mukesh Kumar dismissed Karun Nair (6) as all of the three pacer had a share of 1 wicket every on the shut of day three. The 19-year-old Padikkal remained unbeaten on 50 in firm of Manish Pandey (11).
Earlier, Sudip Chatterjee (45) was Bengal’s high scorer of their second innings, whereas Majumdar and all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed (31) continued their high-quality type in a 61-run partnership to prop up their total lead after a well-recognized top-order collapse.
Mithun bagged 4/23 and was their most spectacular bowler, whereas Ronit More (2/56) dismissed Chatterjee and Shreevats Goswami off successive deliveries.
Majumdar was initially fortunate and survived on 10 overturning a call with profitable assessment. An inside edge narrowly missed the stump when he was on 21. But he broke free within the subsequent ball with back-to-back boundaries pulling More, whereas Shahbaz additionally received into rhythm because the duo annoyed the Karnataka bowlers.
Krishnappa Gowtham (3/15) gave the breakthrough dismissing Ahmed and Bengal innings folded in 34 balls after lunch.
In Kolkata: Bengal 312 and 161; 54.Four overs (Sudip Chatterjee 45, Anustup Majumdar 41, Shahbaz Ahmed 31; Abhimanyu Mithun 4/23, Krishnappa Gowtham 3/15) vs Karnataka 122 and 98/3; 38 overs (Devdutt Paddikkal 50 batting).
In Rajkot: Saurashtra 304 and 66/5 (Chetan Sakariya 32 batting, Chintan Gaja 5/15) vs Gujarat 252 (Rujul Bhatt 71, Chintan Gaja 61, Jaydev Unadkat 3/86). Saurashtra leads by 118 runs
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