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|Bengal crush Tripura by 113 runs|
Thursday, January 8 2004 20:42 Hrs (IST)
Chosing to bat first after winning the toss, Bengal openers Arindam Das (46-7x4,1x6) and Haldipur gave a flying start stitching up 106 for the opening stand when left-arm spinner Sonu Sharma struck having Das caught off Jayanta Debnath.
Skipper Devang Gandhi, who struck two centuries against Assam and Bihar, joined Haldipur. Gandhi opened up confidently and struck a couple of brilliant drives. He, however, misread a delivery off Jayant Debnath and stepped out for a shot only to see the wicket keeper dislodging the bail. Gandhi along with Haldipur fetched 88 run for second wicketbefore being out on 37 studded with four hits to ropes.
Haldipur, who notched up a ton in the previous match against Assam, kept the score board moving at the other end and along with Laxmi Ratan Shukla brought in 44 runs. Bengal amassed 349 for five in allotted 50-over.
Chasing a target of 350, Tripura's second wicket partnership between opener S Mahesh (92-12x4, 1x6) and Anshul Lamba (62-6x4) put in valuable 132 runs despite an early set back when Timir Chanda returned cheaply at an individual score of one. Tripura's innings folded up for 236 for seven in 50 over.
Bengal secured 14 points from three matches while Tripura had minus one. Bengal will clash with Orissa in its last league encounter on Saturday.
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