Mysore:A brilliant 107 by Rohan Banerjee and his 172-run third wicket partnership with Manoj Tiwari (78) put Bengal in a strong position of 252 for five against Karnataka on day one of their Super League Ranji Trophy match on Tuesday.
Wriddhiman Saha (3) and Shib Sagar Singh (1) were at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day at the Gangfotri Glades platinum jubilee grounds.
Karnataka's hopes of making early inroads were shattered stoutly by openers Rohan and Arindam Das (27) as they raised 52 runs to take the sting out of the Karnataka pace attack, which had run amok against Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in the previous games.
Neither R Vinay Kumar nor Abhimanyu Mithun could extract any life from the deck, though they bowled a probing line and length. S Arvind was the most successful Karnataka bowler, returning with the wickets of Arindam and Deep das Gupta.
Deep Das Gupta perished without scoring, but Banarjee, who batted a little more than six hours, and Tiwari ensured that Bengal were in fine fettle, posting 172 runs together.
Tiwari was the more adventurous of the twosome, smashing eight fours and two sixes during his enterprising 78. He seemed well settled to score a hundred when left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi produced the breakthrough in 76th over.
Karnataka were to strike twice again when leg Amit Verma scalped the priced wicket of Banarjee. Abhimanyu Mithun accounted for Abhishek Jhunjunwala moments before stumps.