Dinda ten-for scripts Bengal's first win
Bengal 284 (Shukla 117, Sudip 66, RP 5-77) and 70 for 2 beat Uttar Pradesh 212 (Gupta 53, Sarkar 4-51) and 140 (Dinda 7-82, Sarkar 3-33) by eight wickets
It took Bengal seven games to record their first win of the season, and they did so in a comprehensive manner against Uttar Pradesh in two and a half days at the Eden Gardens. A greentop was prepared to encourage a result and the seamers exploited it to the fullest. Ashok Dinda bowled unchanged through the second innings to snatch a seven-for that left Bengal just 69 to chase.
UP were struggling to catch up on the second day, having lost three wickets and still trailing by 22. There were no solid partnerships on the third day as the opener Mukul Dagar failed to pick an inswinging yorker from Sourav Sarkar, edging the ball to his pads before the ball rolled to the base of the off stump. Dinda struck soon after with his away swing, luring Prashant Gupta to drive, with the outside edge taken sharply by Sudip Chatterjee diving to his right at second slip. Parvinder Singh was caught behind off a loose drive before Eklavya Dwidedi was caught and bowled by Dinda off a top edge.
Piyush Chawla came out to bat despite sustaining a shoulder injury on the second day but he lasted just one ball, trapped in front by Dinda. Ali Murtaza resisted to push the lead past 50, but with the main batsmen gone cheaply, it was just a matter of time before Bengal wrapped up the tail. Chatterjee took his second sharp catch at second slip to give Dinda his third ten-wicket haul in first-class cricket, with match figures of 10 for 157.
A ten-wicket win would have given Bengal seven points but they lost two wickets in the chase and had to settle for six. But with 18 points from seven games, they moved from fifth place in Group B to third. They have one more game, against Tamil Nadu in Chennai starting December 30, to push their case for the quarter-finals. UP slipped from first place to second.