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All-round Bengal win Vijay Hazare opener against Baroda

8th December 2021
A confident Bengal side put up a dominating all-round show to defeat Baroda by 27 runs in their Vijay Hazare trophy opener at Trivandrum today.
Opener Abhisek Das and Kaif Ahamed half-centuries powered Bengal to 230 losing all wickets and in reply Baroda were bundled out for 203 runs as Akash Deep took 3 wickets.
Bengal head coach Arun Lal said: “Our batters should have gotten more runs but in the morning it was not easy because of the moisture. At 230 we were about 30 runs short. The wicket became better in the afternoon but it kept a little low all the time. Writtick Chatterjee was exceptional, gave us breakthrough at the right time removing two set batters.
“Kaif and Ritwik both were terrific, played well under pressure. Ritwik is batting well but he could not finish his job. If he stayed till the end we could have managed 20 runs more on the board,” he added.
Akash sent Shashwat Rawat back in the second over without scoring any runs to give Baroda an early setback and Writtick Chatterjee removed two set Baroda batters skipper Kedar Devdhar (35) and P A Kumar (38) to turn the game in Bengal’s favour.
Bengal bowlers bowled with discipline to not let any big opponent partnership take the game away from them. Krunal Pandya tried to build some resistance with 56-ball 39 till he got removed by Shahbaz Ahamad.
Bengal bowlers took wickets in regular intervals as Mukesh Kumar and Shahbaz picked up 2 wickets apiece to help Bengal get 4 points from the first game.
Earlier put to bat first Bengal lost Shreevats Goswami cheaply in the second over and after that Abhishek batted with patience to build up two very important fifty-plus partnerships with skipper Sudip Chatterjee and Kaif Ahamed.
Abhshek hit a fine 62 while adding 57 runs with Sudip (14) of the second wicket and youngster Kaif made an impressive 67 under pressure. Krunal Pandya ended Abhsishek’s fighting innings while another Bengal youngster Riwtik Roy Chowdhury (48) added some crucial runs to help put up a fighting total.
A Seth starred with the ball for Baroda bagging 4 wickets for 62 runs.

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