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|Bengal bites the dust against Mumbai|
Tuesday, February 10 2004 15:07 Hrs (IST)
Cruising at 183 for two in the 36th over, Bengal suddenly saw their chase falter as their batsmen were dismissed to irresponsible shots to fold up for 257 in 49.1 overs.
Openers Nikhil Haldipur (78) and Arindam Das (57) gave a flying start to Bengal's innings adding 109 for the first-wicket, after Mumbai amassed 262 for eight in their quota of 50 overs at the Eden Gardens.
After Das and skipper Devang Gandhi (10) were out in quick succession, Haldipur and wicketkeeper batsman Deep Dasgupta (42) put on 59 for the third-wicket to carry Bengal to 183 in the 36th over, till disaster struck.
Haldipur, who was using a runner, got run out and this proved to be the turning point of the match, as pacer Rahul Thakur (4-52) broke Bengal's backbone claiming Dasgupta, Sanjib Sanyal (6) and L R Shukla (28) in consecutive overs.
Mumbai thus completed their engagements with 13 points, while Bengal, who have played one match less, are on 8 points.
Earlier, electing to bat, Mumbai rode on a fine 55 from Robin Morris, supported by valuable contributions from Nisit Shetty (41), Vinayak Mane (35) and Test discard Vinod Kambli (31) to set Bengal a challenging asking rate of 5.26. S Sanyal (4-59) was the most successful bowler for Bengal.
Mumbai 262 for eight in 50 overs (R Morris 55; S Sanyal 4/59), Bengal 257 all out in 49.1 overs (N Haldipur 78, A Das 57 R Thakur 4/52).
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