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Bengal shut out Tripura in style

14th January 2018
Bengal cantered home by 9 wickets against Tripura in their third engagement of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to virtually seal their berth in the National championships at Jharkhand today. 
Chasing Tripura's gutsy 169 for four, Bengal reached 170 losing just Vivek Singh with 12 balls to spare. 
Shreevats Goswami, who has hit a purple patch in the tournament, has so far got 219 runs in the meet taking today's undefeated 82 into account. Giving him company throughout the meet is Vivek Singh, as the duo have hunted down the opposition in a pair. 
Today again the first wicket yielded 138 runs from 101 deliveries to set the tone of the match. Vivek made an accomplished 71 off 43 deliveres plundering boundaries at will. It is his presence on the other side that has made the job relatively easier for Shreevats, who could now open his arms and control the pace of the match. 
"It feels good to be in the midst of this kind of form. It was not easy batting as the conditions also favour the bowlers. However, I cherish chasing a total," Shreevats said. 
On whether playing the first match helped, he added: "The wicket remains true even for the second match. But we dont mind losing a toss and keep winning. We have the lastvmatch and hope to win that too and become champions undefeated."
Vivek Singh was also happy at the way the opening partnership is going on. "I am happy that i am playing good cricket. Shreevats and myself have played together before and we have good understanding. I hope to continue the form in the last match."
He added that he had gone through a patch of poor form that forced him.out of reckoning. "It was bad times. Butbi have fought my way back and now that i have got the chance i hope to do justice to the faith shown in me," he said.
Earlier, Bengal lost three tosses in the row as Tripura elected to bat after calling it correctly. However, other than Smit Patel 73 (57 balls) none of the batters Udiyan Bose, Yashpal Sharma or Gurinder Singh could capitalise on their starts. 
For Bengal Sumanta Gupta and Amir Gani who came in for Anustup Majumdar and Anurag Tiwari took a wicket each with Manoj Tiwary and Sayan Ghosh. 

Arindam Basu