Bengal v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy, Kolkata, 3rd day December 16, 2013

Dinda ten-for scripts Bengal's first win

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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.

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  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    It is true that Dinda has been given chances and has not made the best use of them. However, look at Ishant Sharma - has he really done better than Dinda recently. It would be worth to give both Dinda and RP a look in. I am not sure about Munaf given his attitude / work ethic issues that one read in the press. I would leave out Nehra as he is perhaps too old to come back as a pace bowler. But Dinda should certainly get more chances if he sustains.

  • Rashmi on December 16, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    I feel that BCCI can experiment with Dinda & RP... After all India has only experimented with fast bowling line-up... India has never given a proper place to any fast bowler after Zaheer... Welcome to Indian Team - Dinda & RP - and vanish after 8 months.

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    i disagree with most of u as i believe more than rp dinda has every chance to be in india team and you will see him as quickly as in new zealand squad.

  • Sriram on December 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Dinda, Munaf, RP and Nehra..what is going on! But i doubt any of these apart from RP who has some decent numbers in international circuit will make a comeback.

  • Steve on December 16, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Despite these occasional good performances, don't see any comeback to India team for Dinda. Failed badly when given opportunities in the past.

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