Raman survived some anxious moments particularly within the 90s earlier than pulling KV Sasikanth over sq. leg to attain his second successive century.
Raman, who scored 110 in Bengal’s win over Kerala of their earlier match, bought good help from former skipper Manoj Tiwary as they revived the innings within the post-lunch session after being lowered to 99 for 2.
Whereas Raman batted by the day, dealing with 255 balls, Tiwary too was at his fluent greatest, placing a six and 6 fours. They added fast 87 runs for the third wicket earlier than Tiwary was accomplished in by a brief one from CV Stephen, essentially the most spectacular Andhra bowler.
Andhra set Tiwary up effectively with short-pitched deliveries as he top-edged one to get out for 46.
“I am positive he is not going to sleep effectively tonight. He may have transformed it into an enormous one,” Bengal coach Arun Lal stated of Tiwary’s dismissal.
“It was a tactic as they bowled him brief and not using a slip. He (Tiwary) performed effectively and his contribution with Raman took the workforce ahead. He is not the participant to go away it at 46.”
The guests suffered a setback when left-arm spinner G Manish dislocated his shoulder after falling awkwardly whereas fielding and was dominated out of the match.
Bengal had their backs to the wall after their skipper and ace batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran (6) bought out cheaply edging one behind the stumps inside the primary hour after Andhra received an excellent toss below hazy situations.
Koushik Ghosh (37) bought a begin however was trapped by off-spinner Shoaib Khan whereas quantity three Sudip Chatterjee fell cheaply for 18.
As fortune favours the courageous, Raman stayed on and survived a stumping on 93 and thereafter a catch fell wanting brief midwicket fielder earlier than he lastly reached his fourth Ranji Trophy century.
Raman who had a nice 2017-18 having scored two centuries together with his career-best 176 towards Himachal Pradesh didn’t get a triple final season.
“I did not bat effectively within the post-tea session. 4 occasions, I used to be near getting out within the 90s, so I used to be a bit nervous. I simply needed to clear the sq. leg fielder and bought a nice timing to clear the rope,” Raman stated.
“We’ll look to negate the brand new ball after which assess the state of affairs,” he stated about their technique.
Showering reward on Raman, Bengal coach Lal stated: “Take a look at the grit of Raman… If he had fallen, we could effectively have been eight-nine down at present. It has been a terrific efficiency.
“Abhimanyu Easwaran did not get runs however but we’re there sitting fairly at 241/4. Now we have the assumption to win this sport. We’ll management the sport if we see by the primary hour tomorrow,” Lal concluded.
Bengal 241/4; 83 overs (Abhishek Raman 110 batting, Manoj Tiwary 46; CV Stephen 2/60) vs Andhra.