Bengal bags emphatic win against Hyderabad

Published: Friday, January 5, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad:Bengal's chances of entering the semi-finals have brightened after a four-wicket victory against Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy super league match here today.

Bengal, set to win 186 runs, overcame anxious moments to reach its target losing six wickets.

With four points from this win, Bengal jumped into the lead in Group B with 12 points, followed by Mumbai (10) and Punjab and Hyderabad, with eight points each. With Bengal meeting Rajasthan, Mumbai facing Maharashtra it is almost certain that Hyderabad and Punjab are out of the race for a place in semi-finals.

Bengal, continuing at the overnight score of 72/2, has lost two overnight batsmen Manoj Tiwary and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala in the space of 15 runs, but skipper Deep Dasgupta and S S Lahiri thwarted Hyderabad's aim to set right things. Dasgupta remained not out on 50 scored off 151 balls including five boundaries. Lahiri was caught plumb in front by Kaushik Reddy after making 29 off 94 balls with the help of four boundaries. Rohan Gavaskar hit the winning boundary off Kaushik Reddy, dimming Hyderabad's chances of entering the semifinals after taking crucial 109 runs first innings lead.

Hero of the match was definitely Ranadeb Bose. Whose seven wicket haul in the Hyderabad second innings has made this possible.

Later speaking to UNI Bose said, 'This performance has got more value than my best performance (7/24) against Tripura. It has come in a very crucial stage to help my team's cause'.


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