At stumps, Jharkhand were 139 for 5 in their first innings and it is virtually impossible to stop Bengal from entering the semi-final as the opposition now trails by 634 runs.
The match will be remembered for a record that stood the test of time since 1893 when the touring Australian team, in a first-class game against combined universities (Oxford and Cambridge), had eight of their batters scoring fifty or more.
🚨 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗥𝗗 🚨A milestone in First-Class cricket as 9⃣ Bengal batters register 5⃣0⃣-plus scores in an innings. 🔝 👏T… https://t.co/728zHkeBjg
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) 1654698497000
For Bengal, skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (65) started the march towards milestone along with fellow opener Abhishek Raman (61).
This was followed by impressive knocks from Sudip Gharami (186) and senior-most batter Anushtup Majumdar (117). They added 243 runs for the second wicket.
The frame will go down as a piece of diamond in the folklore of Bengal as well as #RanjiTrophy cricket history! Wha… https://t.co/LdQ76Jk5Hm
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) 1654709068000
Bengal’s junior sports minister Manoj Tiwary (73) also added his name to the list along with Abhishek Porel (68), who has not let Bengal miss Wriddhiman Saha for once.
RCB all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed (78) and Sayan Sekhar Mondal (53) also made half-centuries to complete an Indian cricket but when Akash Deep came and smashed 8 sixes in 18-ball-53, the global first-class record was broken after 129 years.