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Bengal ease past Assam
1st February 2017
Bengal made quick work of Assam’s 146 for nine reaching the target with 24 balls to spare and 10 wickets in hand at the Eden Gardens here today.
Bengal opened with Sreevats Goswami and Wriddhiman Saha and two batsmen showed classic form treating the Assam bowlers with consummate ease. Sreevats Goswami reached 50 off 38 balls, while Wriddhiman made his 50 off 33 balls.
Wriddhiman made amends for his brief stay at the wicket in the first match with a handsome 74 not out off 45 balls that had 11 boundaries and a six; Goswami was his able partner remaining unbeaten on 71 off 52 balls with 10 boundaries as Bengal reached 150 for no loss. None of the bowlers made any impression as Bengal wrapped up the match in style taking their points table to 8.
Earlier, Assam won the toss and elected to bat and thanks to skipper Arun Kartick’s 76 not out posted a respectable total of 146 for nine. Three run out at crucial times and early breakthrough by Ashoke Dinda and Kanishk Seth meant that the innings never got the momentum it needed to get past the 150 barrier.
However, it was largely because of the single minded determination from Kartick that Assam posted a total more than 7 runs per over. His 76 runs came off 47 runs with five sixes and same number of boundaries.
Sayan Ghosh found rhythm and line as he rocked Assam packing the hard hitting Rishav Das and Amit Verma up the order and then rattled the stumps of Pritam Das at the death to put brakes on Assam’s momentum.
Bengal made three changes to the side that beat Tripura yesterday, bringing in Avishek Raman for Abhimanyu Easwaran, Writtick Chatterjee for Debabrata Das, who sat out with a hamstring injury, and Aamir Gani who came in for Pragyan Ojha.


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Arindam Basu