Bengal U23 enter quarterfinals
19th November 2019
Bengal Men's U23 team qualified for quarterfinals of Men's U23 One Day Trophy as they beat Uttar Pradesh by 5 wickets thanks to Kazi Junaid Saifi's superb unbeaten century along with Karan Lal's fiery spell.
Enroute to quarterfinals Bengal won 6 matches out of their 8 games to qualify.
Kazi maintained his superb form in the tournament by smashing a superb 113 not out off just 128 balls while chasing a target of 243 runs set by UP.
An elated Bengal U23 coach Sourashis Lahiri said to CAB Media: "I am very happy and the feeling is very satisfying to qualify with a 'new' team. There are 8-10 players from last year who are not in the team this year, lot of injuries to our important players, Akash Deep and Agniv Pan went back to join Senior team after 4 matches- the team went through lot of changes and challenges. But played wonderfully and made it to the next round which is an incredible achievement."
Earlier UP openers Abhishek Yadav (57) and Shivam Choudhury (52) gave them a good start till Pradipta Pramanik removed the latter one to make it 58/1.
After that Bengal bowlers started taking wickets in regular intervals to cause a middle order collapsed while Sawan Singh fought bravely to stay unbeaten 49 till the end.
Karan ripped apart UP batting lineup as he bagged 3 wickets leaking just 32 runs while Pradipta and Sandipan Das picked up 2 wickets apiece.
Kazi was seen in his blistering form again scoring a ton which included 3 sixes and 9 boundaries while chasing.
Takhing about Kazi and other players who are in terrific form this season Lahiri said: "Kazi has been superb. Sudip (Gharami), Pradipta (Pramanik), Karan (Lal) and many more are playing really well. I believe this team will produce many players for the senior team, who will serve Bengal Cricket for long time in future."
Bengal opener Ankur Paul (38) and all-rounder Pradipta (29*) added some useful runs to finish the match with 4 balls left to play.
In Women's U23 T20 trophy Bengal Women's U23 lost by 18 runs to Chattisgarh.
CAB MEDIA DESK