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Clinical Bengal brush aside Jharkhand

12th January 2018
Bengal continued their clinical domination in the shortest format of the game defeating Jharkhand by 6 wickets in their second match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the JSCA Sports Complex today.
Batting second openers Shreevats Goswami and Vivek Singh put on 130 runs partnership for the first wicket chasing 178 to hand over the advantage baton to Bengal. Vivek was particularly belligerant as 63 off 40 deliveries to give Bengal the necessary propelling. Shreevats played second fiddle to Vivek. But the wily batsman ensured his 50 came in quick time off 33 balls. He departed 8 runs later at 58 off 40 balls. Skipper Manoj Tiwari (8) departed soon after to trigger a mini collapse.
Sudip Chatterjee next went for 26 off 18 deliveries, but Pramod Chandila 6 not out and Writtick Chatterjee 4 not out ensured that Bengal coasted with no further hiccups in 19.2 overs.
"It was not an easy target chasing over 8 runs an over. But our openers did a fabulous job giving the start we needed. In bowling we pulled them back and restricted them after a good start. On the whole it was a satusfying day of cricket," said Tiwari.
Asked if Dhoni was a factor, he said: " Obviously he is a legend and his tips must have helped them a lot. But other than strategy you need to execute the plans well. Today we did it better," he added.
On his own bowling, he said: " I have been working very hard on my bowling also. The results are showing. I have been varying the pace and length of the deliveries continuously to disturb their focus. That is working I guess."
Earlier, a 118 run second wicket partnership by Ishan Kishan and Ishank Jaggi ensured Jharkhand, after winning the toss, posted a competitive target at 8.85 runs per over for the visitors. Ishan scored a fluent 49 while Jaggi plundered 72 runs of 39 balls to set the tone of the match.
Other than the due no one contributed big time, while for Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwari continued his good run of form with the ball claiming 2 wickets today again. In fact Tiwari jas always fancied himself as a batting allrounder but takes his own bowling very seriously. Other wicket takers for Bengal were Ashok Dinda (2) and Kanishk Seth, Sayan Ghosh and Vivek Singh, who got a wicket each.

Arindam Basu