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Bengal beat Delhi in close tie

23rd January 2018
Bengal won a seesaw battle with Delhi to register the first win by 4 runs in the Super League stage of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Jadavpur today.
Bengal made a fighting 170 thanks to a fine 51 by Sudip Chatterjee studded with 7 boundaries. Shreevats Goswami and Vivek Singh had, earlier, given Bengal a decent start scoring briskly. Shreevats was the first to depart after a fine 26 off just 18 balls laced with 6 boundaries before being caught in the extra cover region trying to hit over the boundary.
Thereafter Vivek and Sudip built a fine partnership taking Bengal to 94. Vivek trying to go inside out to Lalit Yadav was also caught at extra cover for 32 to a shot that seemed more like an action replay of Shreevats.
Meanwhile, Sudip lived up to his promise and completed his half century before being caught in the cover region. His 34 ball innings was a fine display of batting craftsmanship as he cut, drove and hooked at ease.
However, the Bengal run pile lost its momentum after Sudip’s departure. Skipper Manoj Tiwary, after a fine start, was bowled by Khejrolia for 25. His departure pulled brakes on the acceleration with only 41 runs coming in the last five overs.
Kanishk Seth (3 wkts) and Sayan Ghosh (3 wickets) were the pick of Bengal bowlers. However, it was an eventful last over by Ashoke Dinda that saw him bowling two no-balls and taking a wicket that saw Bengal through with Delhi being able to score only 5 runs of the required 9 runs in the last over to finish for 167 for 8.
After the match Ashoke Dinda said: "I had told Manoj to give me the last over with at least 7 runs to defend. I was confident of doing the job. I was going for yorkers and hence bowled two no balls. But that wicket also made the difference."
Asked if the team's form came a tad late, he said: 'I still insist that we are a very good side in the shorter format. The first match we were unlucky. In the second against UP it was Raina's day. That day he could do nothing wrong. Our boys are young and inexperienced and still they came back strongly. You win some you lose some. That's all incan say."
On his own IPL chances, he said: "I will give 100 per cent to whichever team I play for. I can only perform.Rest is not in my hand."
With openers Gautam Gambhir (1) and Rishab Pant (4) returning cheap, Bengal got the start they required. But three floored chances saw Dhruv score a strokeful 84 to lead Delhi almost to the brink of victory. He lived dangerously for his 46 ball innings that had seven immaculately structured boundaries and four sixes.
With Lalit Yadav returning home for 45, there looked to be a twist in the tale with 13 runs needed from 2 overs.
Team Rajasthan v Karnataka
Rajasthan beat the odds to defeat Karnataka
Team Rajasthan beat Karnataka by 22 runs in the Syed Mustaq Ali T20 Super League Group A fixture at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake campus in the first match of the day. Chasing a modest 161 target, Karnataka made a soggy start losing Karun Nair in the very first over off pacer Abhimanyu Lamba.
Karnataka lost Samarth and Deepak in quick succession to be reduced to 19/3. Deepak’s nagging line yielded rich harvest as he returned CM Gautam and Stuart Binny in the 6th over to back-to-back deliveries reducing Karnataka to 30/6.
Known for his explosive shots and clean hitting skills, Aniruddha (73*) rose to the occasion to play a clinical knock taking his team close to the target. Laced with 8 fours and 3 sixes Aniruddha’s innings was the only bright spot in the otherwise shoddy Karnataka batting display. With the match all but over, Aniruddha entertained all with some serious power hitting as the Karnataka innings folded for 138 in 20 overs.
Earlier, put into bat Rajasthan openers Aditya Garhwal (31) and Ankit Lamba (58) gave them a good start scoring 51 in the first six overs. The Karnataka bowlers looked out of focus as they bowled outside the off stump giving the Rajasthan big hitters an opportunity to free their arms.
Aditya was the first to depart after left arm pacer Sreenath Arvind bowled a beauty to send him back. Nonetheless, Ankit carried on the momentum with some superb shots and his 67-run partnership with Salman Khan (20) helped Rajasthan post 160/8 on board.
Uttar Pradesh V Tamil Nadu
TN beat UP to spice up mix
Tamil Nadu pulled off a stunner defeating Uttar Pradesh by 5 wickets to make Group B really interesting in the Super League of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy today.
Batting first Uttar Pradesh scored 162 for four aided by a rollicking 61 by skipper Suresh Raina. Raina hit 7 fours and one six for his 41 ball stay to build the UP innings. A fine 38 from Shivam Chaudhury and identical score by Akshdeep Nath saw them post a competitive score.
However, Tamil Nadu had other ideas. Led by fine opening stand between Bharat Shankar (30) and Washington Sundar (33) they got a bright start. Sanjay Yadav’s 32 ball 52 and Jagadeeshan’s late 11 ball 20 cameo saw them breast the winning tape with four balls to spare and five wickets in hand.

Arindam Basu