Hyderabad: Hyderabad’s disappointing show in the ongoing Ranji season suffered another jolt as the visitors suffered a humiliating loss by an innings and 303 runs against Bengal on the third day of the four-day Group A & B Ranji Trophy league match at Bengal Cricket Academy Ground, Kalyani on Tuesday.
Resuming the day at 83/5, Hyderabad were bundled out for 171 in the first innings before slumping again in the second innings to be shot out for 161 with a day remaining.
A second consecutive fifty by middle-order batsman Jaweed Ali (72) in the first innings and a half-century by all-rounder T Ravi Teja (53) were the only notable contributions for Hyderabad in the entire match.
A total of 15 wickets fell on the day and Hyderabad batted only a combined 92.5 overs in the whole match. This was Hyderabad’s fifth loss in six games and their third innings defeat this season.
Rookie spin all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed shone with a first-innings hat-trick in a six-wicket match haul for Bengal. He became the seventh player from Bengal, and first since India pacer Mohammed Shami, to claim a Ranji Trophy hat-trick. Young pacer Akash Deep (4/38) was the star in the second essay as Hyderabad were bundled out in 46.2 overs.
Done in by conditions at Eden Gardens where they drew two matches, Bengal had chosen this venue about 70 kilometres from their base in Kolkata as they finally secured their first win at home this season.
Introduced in the 27th over, Shahbaz opened his account trapping Saketh Sairam (19). Amid the batting collapse, number six Jaweed Ali showed some fight. But Shahbaz bowled him out for 72 and went on to trap Ravi Kiran (0) and Kolla Sumanth (eight) who was retired hurt initially after he was hit on the helmet with a perfect left-arm orthodox spin to dismiss the visitors inside the first session.
Triple centurion Manoj Tiwary stood in as wicketkeeper in the post-lunch session after Shreevats Goswami hurt his knee. “It’s just a niggle. Maybe a couple of days rest and he will be fine,” Bengal coach Arun Lal said. The senior most Bengal batsman looked sharp behind the stumps as he effected the caught-behind dismissal of Teja and also executed run outs of Ali and Mehdi Hasan.
The bottom-placed Hyderabad are already out of contention and are in danger of facing relegation to Group C. They will next meet Rajasthan at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal starting on January 27.