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Bengal suffer narrow defeat

6th November 2021
Bengal suffered narrow 10-run defeat against Mumbai in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy today in Guwahati.
Electing to bat first Mumbai were restricted to 131/7 in their quota of overs and while chasing Bengal fell short off 10 runs to suffer the first defeat of the tournament.
Bengal assistant coach Sourasish Lahiri said: "We have bowled well to restrict Mumbai to a low total but gave away 10 runs as wides though. While chasing we lost wickets early, Ritwik and Kaif batted well after that to build a good partnership. When the duo were batting it looked like the game was in our pocket but after their removal we couldn't get many big shots which may have won the game for us."
"Mumbai bowled well too especially while defending a low total they did well," he added.
Bengal got off to a shaky start to the chase losing skipper Sudip Chatterjee (1), Karan Lal (3), Abhishek Das (14) and Wriddhiman Saha (15) early to get reduced to 44/4.
Youngsters Ritwik Roy Chowdhury and Kaif Ahamed stiched a 54-run partnership off the fifth wicket to steady the ship.
However after Ritwik (30) and Kaif (31) went back Bengal could not find a way towards victory in front of a disciplined Mumbai bolwing attack. Shahbaz made 12 off as many deliveries but that wasn't enough to save the day for Bengal.
Mohit Awasthi took 3 wickets while S Lad and Tushar Deshpande bagged 2 wickets apiece for Mumbai.
Earlier Bengal bowlers did a fine job to restrict Mumbai to a low total. Shahbaz drew the first blood removing Prithvi Shaw on 6.
Ajinkya Rahane (17), Aditya Tare (11) were removed by Writtick Chatterjee while Yashasvi Jaiswal (19), Shivam Dubey (24) became Karan Lal's victim as Bengal bowlers didn't let any big partnership get build. Mukesh Kumar, Pradipta Pramanik and Karan bagged 1 wicket apiece for Bengal.

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