Assam v Bengal, Ranji Plate League, Guwahati, 3rd day December 7, 2008

Dinda completes Assam's elimination

Cricinfo staff

Bengal 207 (Tiwary 101, Katti 7-93) and 19 for 1 beat Assam 86 (Bose 5-10) and 139 (Dinda 5-39) by nine wickets

Ashok Dinda continued his form in the Ranji Trophy with another five-wicket haul to clinch a nine-wicket win for Bengal and eliminate Assam. From an overnight 114 for 5, Assam folded for 139 before Bengal knocked off the 19 required runs for the loss of Anustup Majumdar.

Dinda had provided the early breakthroughs on day two and needed little time to pick up sixth five-wicket haul. He nipped out the last three wickets after Ranadeb Bose took his match tally to seven.

Assam's left-arm spinner Anand Katti, who took a career-best seven wickets to limit Bengal's lead earlier in the match, removed Majumdar for 6 but Bengal had little hassle clinching victory.

Bengal's team consultant Mohinder Amarnath appreciated the efforts of the youngsters on a difficult wicket but said there was room for improvement. "The team is a perfect blend of experience and grit," he told Kolkata-based, the Telegraph. "It has the potential to do wonders in any given situation. It was a difficult track to bat on and I felt the youngsters, in particular, were good at it. The boys have played a good game here, but there is room for improvement."

Bengal lead Group B while Assam are out of the Ranji Trophy.