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Ranji Trophy 2022: Bengal enter semis; to face Madhya Pradesh on 14th June

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Bengal have entered the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy on the back of a first-innings lead.

This comes after having a stale draw with Jharkhand in the quarter-finals.

There were bright spots on both sides that shone for their teams.

For Bengal, it was Manoj Tiwary who smashed 136 runs while for Jharkhand, it was Shahbaz Nadeem who took 4 wickets.

Bengal could have easily given a follow-on to Jharkhand when the latter’s first innings was wrapped up on 298.

But, they decided to bat on in the second innings as well.

On the fifth day, stumps were called in early when Bengal ended their second innings on 318/7.

In this match, Bengal also made a huge record. All nine batsmen for the team made 50+ scores in the match.

Jharkhand eventually got the taste of its own medicine in this match.

Against Nagaland in the pre-quarter-final, Jharkhand decided to bat their second innings.

They had a pretty hefty lead of 591 but Jharkhand scored 471 in their second innings, which took their lead to 1008 runs.

This is the biggest ever lead taken in a first-class match.

Bengal will now be facing Madhya Pradesh in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy.

Mumbai will be squaring up against Uttar Pradesh. Both matches will start tomorrow at Bengaluru.

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