Rohan Banerjee slams ton on debut, Shukla hits 101

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Kolkata, Nov 17 (UNI) Rohan Banerjee slammed a century on debut and captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla blasted 101 runs in 129 balls to enable Bengal pile up 442 of six in reply to Services' 107 runs in the first innings on the second day of the 4-day Ranji Plate-B match at Eden Gardens here today.

Resuming at Bengal's overnight score of 109 without loss, openers Banerjee and Anustup Majumder consolidated their partnership to 190 runs in first wicket before Majumder falling to Yashpal Singh at 80.

Majumder added 38 runs to his overnight score of 42.

Left hander Rohan Banerjee, who was unbeaten at 48, resumed his batting with renewed confidence, scoring 176 runs hitting 22 fours in 326 balls before getting LBW off Yashpal Singh, who finished with two conceding 46 runs.

Coming fifth down Shukla was terrific both against pace and slow bowling and hit all around Eden to help Bengal score in a quickfire way. He was out at 101 trying to pull Rakesh Kumar giving a dolly to Y Singh.

His century comprised two sixers and 12 hits to the fence.

Monoj Tiwari and Wriddhiman Saha fell cheaply, scoring ten and five respectively.

At the end when stumps were drawn, Avik Choudhury and Ritam Kundu were not out on 4 and 13 respectively.

Sercvies' Rakesh Kumar also took two wickets in 99 runs in 31 overs.

Yesterday pacer Sourav Sarkar's five scalps restricted Services to 107 all out in 47.1 overs.

Rohan Banerjee, a prolific run getter in under 13, 19 and 22, later told reporters that he was initially shaky because of debut match in Ranji but he had belief that sticking to wicket would give him runs.

Shukla said he would decide with the team managment whether to go for batting or declare early or take chance of early morning dew.


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