Already assured of a place in the knock-out stage, Bengal rode on opener Shreevats Goswami’s fluent 133 to beat Assam by 18 runs in a high-scoring East Zone match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Opting to bat, Bengal were off to flyer as Goswami smashed 133 off 135 balls with the help of 14 fours and three sixes. Manoj Tiwary made a steady 57 off 71 balls to help Bengal amass 312 for the loss of six wickets.
Apart from Goswami and Tiwary, Sudip Chatterjee (35) and skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla (36) were the other notable
contributors for Bengal.
Off-spinner Swarupam Purkayastha scalped two wickets for 58 for Assam.
In reply, skipper Dheeraj Jadhav and Parvez Aziz put on 118 runs for the opening stand to keep Assam in the hunt.
Jadhav made 115 off 137 balls which was studded with 10 boundaries, while Aziz’s 52 came off 61 deliveries during
which he struck five fours and one hit over the fence.
But once the partnership broke, it became more and more difficult for Assam to overwhelm the stiff target and the
visitors finally ended at 294 for eight.
Brief Scores: Bengal: 312 for six wickets in 50 overs (Sreevats Goswami 133, Manoj Tiwary 57; Swarupam Purkayastha 2/58) Assam: 294 for eight in 50 overs (Dheeraj Jadhav 115, Parvez Aziz 52; Sayan Mondal 4/59).
Odhisa progress to knockouts
Owing to their better net-run-rate, Odisha progressed to the knockouts of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day championship despite faltering in their last league match against Jharkhand, going down by 45 runs.
In the East Zone leg of Vijay Hazare trophy, Bengal with 16 points from four matches finished at the top of the table.
But there was a three-way tie between Odisha, Assam and Jharkhand, all of whom ended on eight points each.
Earlier, Assam had beaten Jharkhand, while Odisha had beaten Assam. And today Jharkhand defeated Odisha. However, Odisha, with a better run-rate compared to the other two, joined Bengal as the second team from East Zone to qualify.
Put in to bat, Jharkhand scored 280 for five in their allotted 50 overs and then managed to bundle out Odisha for
235 in 46.5 overs.
Brief scores: Jharkhand: 280 for five in 50 overs (Kumar Deobrat 73, Virat Singh 67; Paresh Patel 3/52). Odisha: 235 all out in 46.5 overs (Biplab Samantray 61, Abhilash Mallick 50; Rahul Shukla 4/48, Jaskaran Singh 3/53).