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Raina, Kuldeep star in UP's big win

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Suresh Raina made a timely return to form with an unbeaten 59-ball 126, as Uttar Pradesh crushed Bengal by 75 runs in their opening Super League fixture in Kolkata. Raina's fourth T20 hundred comes after a dry spell that had him go without a half-century for more than 10 innings across formats. His knock included 13 fours and seven sixes and propelled Uttar Pradesh to 235 for 3. With a retainership of INR 11 crore, Raina was one of the three players held on to by Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL auction.

Raina found his major ally in Akshdeep Nath, who smashed 80 off 43 balls including seven fours and four sixes. Nath, who also played under Raina for Gujarat Lions in the IPL, shared a 163-run partnership with him for the third wicket. He has set his base price at INR 20 lakh ahead of the auction on January 27 and 28.

While Raina and Nath starred with the bat, it was Kuldeep Yadav who put the skids on Bengal with the ball. He finished with figures of 4 for 26, accounting for the wickets of Shreevats Goswami, Sudip Chatterjee, Pramod Chandila and Anustup Majumdar. The 23-year-old left-arm wristspinner has enjoyed a good run with Kolkata Knight Riders in the past, and has subsequently enjoyed a good season with the national side. Kuldeep has set his base price at INR 1.5 crore, and is expected to be one of the major spinning picks at the auction.

Meanwhile, Bengal didn't bat their full quota of overs as they folded for 160 in 16.1 overs. Only Goswami, who made 57 off 28 balls, and Sudip (36 off 25) made substantial contributions. With the ball, seamer Ashok Dinda took one wicket for 29 runs.

Bengal 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st65SP GoswamiB Vivek Singh
2nd9MK TiwarySP Goswami
3rd45SP GoswamiSD Chatterjee
4th3SD ChatterjeeP Chandila
5th0AP MajumdarSD Chatterjee
6th9SD ChatterjeeWB Chatterjee
7th18WB ChatterjeePJ Pramanik
8th2AB DindaPJ Pramanik
9th0AB DindaSS Ghosh
10th9SS GhoshMukesh Kumar

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MAHA440160.826
BENG431120.827
JKAND4228-0.786
GUJ41340.262
RLYS4040-1.175
Super League Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA440161.283
MUM431120.544
VIDAR42280.756
DELHI4134-1.698
UP4040-0.882
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND651201.838
DELHI651201.604
KER642161.92
AP633121.832
J + K63312-0.41
MNPR6154-3.244
NAGA6060-3.876
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
VIDAR651201.083
GUJ642161.28
HP642160.705
TN642160.397
RAJ633120.758
Bihar6154-1.877
MEGHA6060-2.311
Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM651201.59
RLYS651201.264
SAU642161.241
PNJB633120.581
MP633120.179
GOA6154-0.802
SIKM6060-4.466
Group D
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA770282.959
BENG752202.259
CGARH743161.539
ASSAM743161.4
HRYNA743160.881
ODSH73412-0.157
ARPR7164-3.885
MIZOR7070-5.371
Group E
TEAMMWLPTNRR
UP751222.154
MAHA751221.249
SVCS742180.529
UKHND74218-1.287
BRODA73314-0.059
HYD7156-0.182
PONDI7156-1.238
TPURA7156-1.265