Chandigarh, Feb. 13 -- Punjab left-arm spinner Vinay Choudhray snared six wickets to put Punjab firmly on top against Bengal in a must-win Ranji Trophy match of Elite A group at Dhruv Pandove Stadium in Patiala on Wednesday.

Bengal, batting first, were bundled out for 138 in 49 overs. Things could have been bad for visitors hadn't Manoj Tiwary played a stellar of a knock to notch up unbeaten 73 and basically anchor the innings.

He though failed to find support at the other end as Choudhary run-riot.

By stumps, Punjab had scored 93 runs for the loss of three wickets in 38.2 overs.

Earlier, batting first, Bengal were rocked back by twin strikes from Punjab pacer Baltej Singh who reduced the visitors to 21 for two in 10 overs.

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