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Sreevats, Vivek see Bengal through


8th January 2018
Bengal began defending their position in the zonal T20 championship beating Oshisaa bu 7 wickets at JSCA Sports Complex today.
Chasing 158 to win Bengal etched a first wicket partnership of 134 runs to bag the match literally before a couple of hiccups made the race to the finishing lace a little spicy.
Sreevats seemed to pick up from where he left last year hitting a hot and beligerent 79 off 52 balls in company of Vivek Singh who was run out for 64 runs off 43 balls.
The veteran keeper batsman and the left hander, who plys his trade for East Bengal in local league, showed class and flair as they took apart the Odhisa bowling brick by brick.
"It is great to begin a tournament the way did. I was striking the ball well and it gave a lot of confidence. Vivek also played a matured innings and took the pressure of me," Sreevats said.
He also added that the pitch was good for both batsmen and bowlers. "We actually batted on a pitch that saw 60 overs being bowled. But it was still hard and true in nature. Our bowlers were a little slack in the beginning, but we pulled it back ans restricted them to 157 which is good for the team," he said.
As Bengal looked to be coasting to victory, the road faced two unlikely blocks as Manoj Tiwary was caught lbw for 3 with team on 146 and then Sreevats was out with team on 155.
However, Bengal completed the formalities 8 balls to spare to register first win in Sayed Mushtaq Ali Tournament.
Earlier, Odhisa won the toss and elected to bat and looked to be doing justice to their decision reaching 50 in 4.6 overs. But the loss of Anurag Sarangi for 23 triggered a collapse from which they never recovered.
Rajesh Dhuper was the lone warrior scoring 90 off 64 deliveries in a losing cause. A late push from Prayash Singh of 20 valuable runs pushed the score beyond 150 mark.
Skipper Manoj Tiwari rolled his arms to get 2 wickets, while Writtick Chatterjee got the same number of scalps.


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