Kolkata: Railways secured a 122-run victory in their Ranji Trophy encounter against Bengal, but fell short of sealing a quarterfinal berth. The game drew to a close not too long into the final session, after Sandipan Das’ half-century denied Railways for the most part.
Resuming the day at 20 for one, Bengal faced a target of 372 for victory, after Railways declared at 314 for nine. That was always a steep chase, especially given Bengal’s troubles in the batting department so far this season. Although that did prove the case, Bengal could take some solace from the batting of Sandipan Das, the 20-year-old who was making his first-class debut. He displayed immense steel and determination and ensured Bengal didn’t crumble.
Walking in at No.4, following the dismissal of Sudip Chaterjee, he held firm while those opposite him fell regularly. He associated with Arindam Das for 33 runs, Arindam doing most of the scoring while Sandipan settled in. There were a couple of boundaries off Anureet Kathuriya, one guided past point, the other driven straight, but the stand was broken soon after by Sanjay Bangar, who trapped Arindam (40) plumb in front.