Bengal v India B, Challenger Trophy, Rajkot October 1, 2012

Saha ton in vain as Bengal fall short

ESPNcricinfo staff

India B 328 for 8 (Pujara 124*, Vijay 93, Sandipan Das 5-51) beat Bengal 307 (Saha 116, Debabrata Das 49, Patel 4-39) by 21 runs
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A defiant 116 by Wriddhiman Saha helped Bengal get close but couldn't prevent a 21-run defeat to India B in Rajkot. Cheteshwar Pujara's unbeaten 124 took India B to 328 for 8 before the spirited chase - another close high-scoring match after Sunday's game.

Saha came in at 21 for 2 in the sixth over in what threatened to be another big Bengal defeat. He combined with Sandipan Das to add 140 for the third wicket, before Das was dismissed by Munaf Patel in the 30th over. Laxmi Shukla and Shubhomoy Das gave him support, but the chase looked beyond them after they were 228 for 6, needing another 101 runs off 63 balls. But hopes were kept alive by Debabrata Das and Sandipan Nandi, as they put on 47 runs in 4.4 overs.

But when Nandi got out, the task of securing the chase at a required run rate of more than nine runs per over proved too much for the tailenders. Patel did most of the damage with the ball for India B, taking four wickets and giving away only 39 runs in his 11 overs (one bowler is allowed to bowl 12 overs in a 50-over game, according to new BCCI's rules for List A matches).

With the bat, it was Cheteshwar Pujara who starred for them. Fresh from a big century on Sunday, he scored another unbeaten ton - a 130-ball 124 - to lead his team to a strong 328 for 8. His third wicket stand of 140 with Murali Vijay, who scored 93, laid the foundation for the big total. Although India B lost 5 for 50 runs in a middle-order stutter, largely through seamer Sandipan Das, No. 9 Praveen Kumar's 53 off 26 balls powered them to a score that proved beyond Bengal.

India B take on India A in the final on Tuesday.

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  • roshan on October 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    once again murali vijay and pujara had performed well. it shows they can be the integral part of indian team in whatever format of the game. unmukt chand can get the nod in 20-20 format. his batting style suits for that. i would like to see murali vijay and ajinka rahane opening in oneday format. in test murali vijay and dinesh karthik are the best pairs for test. in 20-20 we should give chance to murali vijay, robin uttappa, unmukt, manish pandey, saurab tiwary and ishank jaggi. In any format of the game rohit sharma, suresh raina and virat kohli will perform they can not be replaced. we need to shed some old players in the indian squad. The alrounders we can watch for are jalaj saxena, surya kumar yadav, bhuvanesh kumar, ravindra jadeja and baba aparajith. The fast bowlers who look for indian team i feel are shami ahmed, rithuraj singh, varun aron, vinay kumar, praveen kumar, ishant sharma, pankaj singh

  • Naresh on October 2, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    murali Vijay looks like he can come back as an opener for India. Others are Dhawan and Rahane. Chand looks ok in Nz but has not set any fires yet. Pujara is one who should play all formats of the game. The new selectors should start shedding older players - Shewag and Gambhir are no longer good as openers. lot of Indias problem has been opening with the bowlers. pressure builds onto middle order.

  • santosh on October 2, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Hats off to fighting spirit of Wriddhiman Saha!!! What an achievement without Tewari, Dinda, Majumdar and Shami Ahamed!! The had almost achieved the target of 328 runs! Tremendous Effort!!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    yes what is the use playing in rajkot flat pitch small boundaries hardly understand even they are heaving the balls >130kph these pitches india r never going to get quality players

  • kevin on October 2, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    dont know whats wrong with the bcci...??? rajkot has been a batting paridise... asuch batting tracks will not help.... they should have played the tournament in some lively wickets .. such as dharamshala, banglore or punjab....

  • P on October 2, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Pujara and Rehane should get a look-in the test side. Pujara is also an excellent fielder. With Sehwag's graph falling and Sachin having another lean phase, it is a good time to start bringing in new talent. Enough chance has been given to Rohit Sharma, till he acquires the discipline to put a heavy price on his wicket, he doesn't deserve to be in a test or ODI side. But India's bowling continues to be a headache with many average and no outstanding talents.

  • Ashok on October 1, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Pujara is like a scoring machine. He followed up his previous knock of 156 Not out against India A with another unbeaten century (124 NO) vs. Bengal. Why is Pujara not in the T-20 World cup team with strike rates of over 120 in both these matches? Yes Pujara is very sophisticated batsman for the Tests. But he is equally good for the ODI's. India has Kohli & Pujara at #3 & #4. If U.Chand & Dhawan or Vijay or Mukund open the innings, India has a new line of openers as well. India should also consider Saha as the substitute WK for Dhoni. Saha is an excellent batsman as well. In bowling Ishant Sharma, U.Yadev & Ojha have done well in these matches. Hopefully the New Selectors have their notes on all these youngsters for the future matches. There are whole host of fast & spin bowlers + batsmen to be tried for the Indian teams in future. Pl. Do not ignore these guys.

  • Agam on October 1, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Second consecutive List A ton for Pujara...should be in squad for England series this winter.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Great work by bengal without having Manoj Tiwari, Ashoke Dinda, Sribatsa Goswami, Anustup Majumder & Md. Sami Ahmed.....Congratulation to young Bengal team....U are the true winner....!!

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