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Goswami 81 guides Bengal to five-wicket win

File photo - Shreevats Goswami hit nine fours and two sixes in his 53-ball 81 AFP

East Zone

Opener Shreevats Goswami's 53-ball 81 helped Bengal chase down 178 with five wickets to spare against Jharkhand in Kolkata. Goswami was the common factor in two half-century stands - 73 for the second wicket with Abhishek Raman, and 71 for the fourth wicket with Pramod Chandila - and he brought Bengal to within ten runs of the target by the time he was dismissed in the 18th over. Chandila, who was unbeaten on 37 off 21 balls, helped the side reach 178 with five balls to spare.

Sent in to bat, Jharkhand posted 177 for 6 riding on contributions from Saurabh Tiwary (44), Virat Singh (42) and Pratyush Singh (39), before wicketkeeper Sumit Kumar and Anand Singh added 30 off nine balls for the sixth wicket in a late burst.

Opener Pallavkumar Das' 51 off 30 balls, including eight fours and a six, helped Assam chase down 144 against Odisha in Kolkata. The result meant Assam finished second in the East Zone points table while Odisha finished third. Bengal topped the table with four wins from four matches.

Assam lost Rishav Das and Sibsankar Roy cheaply in their chase but Pallavkumar and Amit Verma put the team back on track with a 34-run partnership for the third wicket. The stand ended in the tenth over when Pallavkumar was dismissed by left-arm spinner Dhiraj Singh. Verma then added 34 with captain Arun Karthik to take the team closer to victory. By the time Verma was removed, Assam needed 31 off 30 balls and they eventually won by six wickets.

Having opted to bat, Odisha were reduced to 48 for 3 inside nine overs. Biplab Samantray, the captain, then rescued the innings with his second T20 fifty, which contained five fours and a six. When Samantray fell, Assam were 117 for 6, but a string of cameos from the lower order pushed the total to 143. Verma impressed with the ball too, picking up 3 for 19 in four overs.

Central Zone

Vidarbha won their second game in two days after completing a comfortable four-wicket victory against Uttar Pradesh in Jaipur. Lower-order batsmen Apoorv Wankhade (27 off 14 balls) and Shrikant Wagh (14 off 9 balls) added an unbroken 38 runs in 19 balls for the seventh wicket after Vidarbha were reduced to 133 for 6.

Having opted to bat, UP put up 169 for 4 thanks to half-centuries from opener Eklavya Dwivedi and Akshdeep Nath. Wagh was the pick of the bowlers for Vidarbha, claiming 2 for 17 in four overs. Ambati Rayudu and Ganesh Satish then laid the groundwork for the chase with thirty-somethings before the lower order sealed the deal. Nath and fast bowler Ankit Rajpoot took two wickets each for UP.

Fifties from allrounder Mahipal Lomror and wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik powered Rajasthan to 184, a total they defended by 21 runs against Railways in Jaipur.

After opting to bat, Rajasthan lost three early wickets, but Lomror and Yagnik offset the early wobble and then gave the innings muscle with a 78-run stand in 52 balls. Lomror struck seven fours and three sixes during his 65 while Yagnik hit three fours and three sixes on his way to 60, before he was the eighth Rajasthan batsman to be dismissed.

Railways started positively in their chase with opener Saurabh Wakaskar scoring 55 off 29 balls, but the middle order could not sustain the momentum, despite an unbeaten 42 off 32 balls from captain Karn Sharma. They ultimately fell short with seamers Tanvir Ul-Haq and Deepak Chahar taking two wickets each.

Assam 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st26RK DasPP Das
2nd20SA RoyPP Das
3rd34Amit VermaPP Das
4th34Amit VermaKB Arun Karthik
5th34KB Arun KarthikPK Debnath

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
RAJ431120.519
PNJB431120.080
KNTKA42281.418
MUM4134-0.302
JHARK4134-1.747
Super League Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
DELHI431120.600
UP42281.011
BRODA42280.234
BENG4228-0.692
TN4134-1.178
Central Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
RAJ541160.716
UP532120.585
VIDAR532120.505
MP532120.112
RLYS5144-0.790
CGARH5144-1.237
East Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BENG440160.863
JHARK431121.080
ODSH42281.085
TRPRA4134-1.326
ASSAM4040-1.484
North Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
DELHI541162.267
PNJB53212-0.140
SVCS52380.121
HRYNA5238-0.200
HP5238-0.804
J + K5238-0.838
South Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA541161.354
TN541160.435
AP541160.109
HYDBD5238-0.074
KER5144-0.375
GOA5050-1.499
West Zone
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BRODA440161.218
MUM42280.803
SAU4228-0.222
GUJ4134-0.405
MAHA4134-1.270