I have a feeling that Bengal have thrown their match against Andhra. This ensures their relegation, and given the new format of next year’s ranji trophy, gives them the best chance of making the quarters.
They have way too much quality in their bowling (RR Bose, SS Paul, Dinda, etc.) and if, by way of imports or some softening of the BCCI’s stand on ICL or by improvement in Tiwary’s form, they can shore up their batting they are sure to top their plate group and thus make it to the quarters.
If the BCCI continues with the next year’s format, then I’m sure that once quality teams figure out they can’t make it to the quarters, they’ll get relegated so as to give themselves a better chance of winning!