Kolkata, Nov 16 (UNI) A brilliant five-wicket haul by Sourav Sarkar enabled Bengal to take a vital two-run first innings lead over minnows Services, who were skittled out for 107 in 47.1 overs of the four-day Ranji Trophy in Plate B at Eden Gardens here today.
Debutant Rohan Banerjee, who missed the first match against Madhya Pradesh due to a neck injury, was unbeaten with 48 runs and Anusthup Majumder was 42 not out when stumps were drawn with two overs to go due to bad light.
Earlier Sarkar tore apart Services' batting, scalping five wickets for 21 runs in 12.1 overs, while captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla chipped in with three wickets off nine overs conceding eight runs.
Services' batting line-up collapsed like nine pins from the very first ball when Ashoke Dinda plumbed Tohir Khan.
Barring captain Sumit Tomar (23) and first down Jasvir Singh (27), no other batsmen could stand the Bengal medium pacers.
Shukla took right decision to send the Armymen in after winning the toss taking advantage of morning dew.
Wicketkeeper Wriddiman Saha held four catches showing how the Armymen fell to Bengal pacers.
Bengal, who made blunders in Gwalior's Ranji match against Madya Pradesh conceding first innings lead, gave a solid foundation after the openers Banerjee and Majumder's unbeaten partnership of 109 runs.
Majumder was dropped by Sumit Tomar at first slip off Avishek Sinha when he was two.
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