Patidar, who scored an impressive 137 off 251 balls laced with 19 fours and a six, was thus largely responsible for MP's end-of-day second innings score of 338 for 5, that gave them an imposing overall lead of 565 with two more days left in the game.
The 22-year-old one-down batsman, is playing only his 5th first-class game of his fledgling career, was unruffled even as MP lost their openers this morning with only 43 on board.

Patidar, who came into the game after hitting tons against Baroda and Railways in the league phase, got involved in two century stands, for the third and fourth wickets, with senior partners Naman Ojha (52)and captain Devendra Bundela (72), who both completed their second individual fifties in the match.

Unless a miracle happens, MP should sail through to the semi finals with an outright win after being denied such a distinction narrowly last season when Bengal escaped with two wickets still standing after following on.

After being bowled out for a meager 121 in the first essay to concede a big 227-run lead to MP, Bengal needed to skittle out their rivals cheaply in the second innings, but Patidar, Naman Ojha and Bundela dashed their hopes.
Bengal got rid of overnight unbeaten openers Jalaj Saxena and Aditya Shrivastava early in the morning after MP resumed at 14 without loss, but then successive partnerships of 141 for the third wicket and 114 for the fourth took the game beyond their reach.

Patidar was finally dismissed by Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary after his frontline bowlers failed to dislodge the youngster.

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