NKP Salve Challenger Trophy

Bengal v India A

India A won by 8 wickets (with 76 balls remaining)

12.5

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, drives the ball to deep cover

Bengal 64/2   WP Saha 1* (1b)

13.1

Awana to Saha, no run, short of good length and Saha defends it towards the covers.

13.2

Awana to Saha, no run, short and wide and Saha fails to get behind that shot, bunts it down to the ground towards the point fielder

13.3

Awana to Saha, no run, full and driven straight to Badrinath at short-cover

13.4

Awana to Saha, no run, shortish length, and Saha comes on the front foot to defend it towards short-cover

13.5

Awana to Saha, no run, full delivery this time, driven to Badrinath again

13.6

Awana to Saha, 1 wide, good bouncer there, and it has been called a wide, first real effort delivery by Awana

13.6

Awana to Saha, no run, short of good length, and Saha defends

Bengal 65/2   WP Saha 1* (7b)

14.4

Ojha to Saha, no run, slow and flighted outside off and Saha doesn't take the bait, let's it go

14.5

Ojha to Saha, no run, closer to the stumps this time and Saha defends

14.6

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, driven to long on

Bengal 69/2   WP Saha 2* (10b)

15.1

Awana to Saha, no run, normal service resumes as Saha defends that to covers

15.2

Awana to Saha, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards the sweeper on the off-side for an easy single

Bengal 70/2   WP Saha 3* (12b)

16.1

Ojha to Saha, no run, slow, flighted delivery, defended towards the off

16.2

Ojha to Saha, no run, driven this time, straight to cover

16.3

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, on the leg-stump line, and the batsman plays it towards mid-on and calls for a single

Bengal 71/2   WP Saha 4* (15b)

17.1

Awana to Saha, no run, good length on off-stump, defended with ease

17.2

Awana to Saha, no run, wrapped on the pads, but that was missing leg easily

17.3

Awana to Saha, 1 run, fullish on off-stump and that is dabbed towards mid-on where Ishant fields. Batsmen run through for a single

Bengal 72/3   WP Saha 5* (18b)

18.1

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, slow and floated on middle and leg, and Saha uses good footwork to place it towards mid-off

Bengal 73/3   WP Saha 6* (19b)

19.1

Sharma to Saha, no run, short of good length, easily defended by Saha, who has been doing that all day

19.2

Sharma to Saha, 1 run, driven on the up towards deep cover, slight misunderstanding, but batsmen decide against a second, as Yusuf Pathan fields

Bengal 78/3   WP Saha 7* (21b)

20.1

Ojha to Saha, 3 runs, flighted delivery, and batsman plays the lap sweep towards fine-leg. There is a direct hit from the deep, but it was just in hope it appears, the batsman was comfortably in

20.5

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, shortish ball, bounces a bit and Saha plays it towards mid-wicket. Ojha runs around and does the fielding

Bengal 85/3   WP Saha 11* (23b)

21.4

Sharma to Saha, no run, short of good length and Saha plays it towards the cover fielder

21.5

Sharma to Saha, 1 run, short and wide, and that had four written all over it as the batsman made good contact, but Uthappa makes a good save at point

Bengal 88/3   WP Saha 12* (25b)

22.1

Pathan to Saha, 1 run, batsman plays it off the back foot past point

22.6

Pathan to Saha, 1 run, slow, turned in, and the batsman punched it off the back foot towards long-on

Bengal 91/5   WP Saha 14* (27b)

23.1

Sharma to Saha, no run, full ball, invites the drive, and that is played towards mid-off

23.2

Sharma to Saha, 1 run, short of good length, Saha drives that towards deep cover off the back foot

23.6

Sharma to Saha, no run, full, outside off and Saha lets it go

Bengal 92/6   WP Saha 15* (30b)

24.2

Pathan to Saha, FOUR, short and outside off, Saha cuts it easily for a boundary past point

24.3

Pathan to Saha, no run, slow, flighted ball, with some turn, Saha defends on the front foot

24.4

Pathan to Saha, FOUR, fuller ball, but with width and Saha goes back to play it late past point for another boundary

24.5

Pathan to Saha, 1 run, slow offspinner, bounced a bit, played towards long off

Bengal 102/6   WP Saha 24* (34b 2x4)

26.2

Pathan to Saha, FOUR, bowls it towards the legs and Saha sweeps it powerfully

26.3

Pathan to Saha, no run, floated wide of the off stump and Saha let's it go

26.4

Pathan to Saha, no run, similar ball, but Saha plays the cut, a good stop by Rahane at point

26.5

Pathan to Saha, no run

26.6

Pathan to Saha, no run, attempts a cut to a short one, but doesn't connect properly

Bengal 110/6   WP Saha 28* (39b 3x4)

27.2

Mithun to Saha, 1 run, a slower ball, batsman waits and turns it towards square leg again

27.5

Mithun to Saha, 1 run, full and on the legs, easily played towards deep square-leg where Shikhar Dhawan fields

Bengal 114/6   WP Saha 30* (41b 3x4)

28.1

Pathan to Saha, 1 run, flighted delivery, driven to long-off

28.4

Pathan to Saha, 2 runs, that was played off the back foot and Saha got an inside edge that went past his stumps

28.5

Pathan to Saha, 1 run, driven this time to deep cover to a full ball outside off

Bengal 119/6   WP Saha 34* (44b 3x4)

29.1

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, that was bowled flatter and the batsman plays the lap sweep towards fine leg

29.3

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, flat, short and get a little bit of turn. The batsman turns it towards deep mid-wicket from outside off

Bengal 122/6   WP Saha 36* (46b 3x4)

30.1

Pathan to Saha, no run, driven back to the bowler

30.2

Pathan to Saha, SIX, slogs a flighted ball from outside the off-stump to send it over the cow-corner. That was a good strong hit

30.3

Pathan to Saha, no run, slow, flighted ball, plays off the back foot, straight to the cover fielder

30.4

Pathan to Saha, 1 run, slower this time, he waits and punches it towards deep cover off the back foot

Bengal 130/6   WP Saha 43* (50b 3x4 1x6)

31.1

Ojha to Saha, 2 runs, bowls it slow and outside off, the bounce allows the batsman to cut it to deep point

31.2

Ojha to Saha, 2 runs, flatter, towards the leg stump, and Saha scoops it to the right of short fine-leg fielder

31.3

Ojha to Saha, no run, defended this time

31.4

Ojha to Saha, no run, flighted ball, driven straight to mid-off

31.5

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, loses the line, and is picked up for an easy single down to deep square-leg

Bengal 139/6   WP Saha 48* (55b 3x4 1x6)

32.1

Badrinath to Saha, 2 runs, slow and flighted, but slightly short and Saha plays it wide of deep point to pick up a couple and complete his fifty

32.2

Badrinath to Saha, no run, full ball, played straight to mid-on

32.3

Badrinath to Saha, no run, punches a shortish ball back to the bowler

32.4

Badrinath to Saha, 1 run, flighted on the leg stump line, Saha drives it to deep mid-wicket

Bengal 142/6   WP Saha 51* (59b 3x4 1x6)

33.1

Ojha to Saha, FOUR, sweeps it from outside the off again, all along the ground and the fielder at deep square leg had no chance

33.2

Ojha to Saha, no run, flighted on the legs, and Saha plays it towards leg side, but fails to get it away too far. Karthik fields

33.3

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, uses his feet to drive a flighted ball to long-on

33.5

Ojha to Saha, no run, closes the face of the bat and the ball takes a leading edge towards the off side

33.6

Ojha to Saha, 1 run, drives to long-on for a single

Bengal 149/6   WP Saha 57* (64b 4x4 1x6)

34.1

Badrinath to Saha, no run, flighted, and full, batsman misses the drive and it is played back to the bowler

34.2

Badrinath to Saha, no run, driven towards the leg side with the turn, can't beat mid-wicket

34.3

Badrinath to Saha, 1 run, makes room, and the turning ball follows in, but Saha punches towards deep point

34.5

Badrinath to Saha, 1 run, makes room, and Saha wanted to punch it towards the off, but the turn meant that he ended up playing towards mid-wicket

Bengal 152/6   WP Saha 59* (68b 4x4 1x6)

35.6

Awana to Saha, FOUR, short and that is played towards third-man where Yusuf just allows the ball to go though. Sloppy work there. It was going straight to him, and he just failed to bend down enough.

Bengal 166/6   WP Saha 63* (69b 5x4 1x6)

36.3

Mithun to Saha, 1 run, full ball, dug out by batsmen towards long-on

36.5

Mithun to Saha, 1 run, short, not getting up, but the batsman manages to swivel pull this towards deep square leg

Bengal 170/6   WP Saha 65* (71b 5x4 1x6)

37.1

Sharma to Saha, OUT, slower ball, and Saha drives it in the air towards extra cover, where Badrinath comes behind the ball, and catches it on the second attempt after the ball lobs out of his hands on the first. Immediate success for Ishant, his third wicket of the innings.

WP Saha c Badrinath b Sharma 65 (107m 72b 5x4 1x6) SR: 90.27

Bengal 176/7   WP Saha 65 (72b 5x4 1x6)
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