KOLKATA, Jan. 11 -- Six points is what Bengal sought, schadenfreude is what they got. Keeping Punjab out of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals this term was made possible on Thursday by Abhimanyu Easwaran's maiden first-class double hundred. Also needing six points from this Elite Group B game to graduate to the next stage, Punjab took away half that by virtue of a first innings lead and left the Jadavpur University Salt Lake campus scoring 132/5 in 14 overs after Bengal, having declared on 432/6, asked them to chase 173 in 16. Both teams ended campaigns on 23 points.

The excitement of Punjab picking up the gauntlet with Manpreet Gony 58 (2x4; 6x6; 28b) notching up 10-run overs making the most of a reprieve from Writtick Chatterjee on 43 and s...