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February 17, 2007
Bengal 175 for 6 (Saha 55) beat Orissa 165 (Pati 51, Bose 3-33, Shukla 3-40) by 10 runs
Bengal held their nerve and staved off a spirited Orissa onslaught to sneak to a ten-run win, their second victory of the Ranji One-Day Trophy. In a match restricted to just 22 overs per side, Bengal powered their way to 175, thanks to a 44-ball 55 by opener Wriddhiman Saha, plus useful contributions by Subhomoy Das (36 off 35) and a late blitz by Laxmi Ratan Shukla. Needing to score at exactly eight an over, Orissa mounted a superb charge despite losing Biswa Mohapatra to the second ball of the innings. Bikas Pati, the other opener, hammered 51 off just 41 balls, while Pinninti Jayachandra's 28-ball 38 and Subit Biswal's 24 kept them in the hunt. At 127 for 4 in the 17th over Orissa had a fair chance, but Bengal struck at regular intervals, with Ranadeb Bose getting two late wickets to finish with impressive figures of 3 for 33. Orissa needed 23 off the last two, but with just a couple of wickets in hand that proved to be too stiff a target.
Assam 224 (Bhagawati 60, Aziz 49) beat Jharkhand 211 (Vardhan 84, Ghosh 52) by 13 runs
In a match dominated by the openers of both teams, Assam's support cast performed just a little better to help them sneak to a 13-run win. Sauran Bhagawati and Parvez Aziz put together an opening stand of 86 in just 17.2 overs to provide the perfect launching pad after Assam chose to bat first. Bhagawati made 60 while Aziz missed his half-century by just one run, but the rest of the batsmen frittered away that start, with no-one getting more than 27 as Assam finished on 224. If that was a poor middle-order display, then Jharkhand went one better during their run-chase. Subroto Ghosh (52) and Manish Vardhan (84) added 111 for the opening wicket in 25.4 overs, only to see the rest of the batsmen fluff their lines completely. Of the nine remaining batsmen, seven managed single-digit scores as Jharkhand added exactly 100 more runs before losing all ten wickets, with Vardhan being the last man to be dismissed. This was Jharkhand's second loss in three games, while Assam have now won two out of three.
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