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Bengal hold nerve in thrilling finale

Bengal 142 for 7 (Das 49, Saha 36, Amarjeet 3-39) beat Madhya Pradesh 141 for 8 (Harpeet 51, Murtaza 34, Dinda 2-37) by one run
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Bengal and Madhya Pradesh served up a thrilling finale in Hyderabad, a game that was decided by one run to conclude the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. A quickfire 49 from Subhomoy Das, his 77-run recovery stand with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, a collective bowling effort and greater control over their nerves gave Bengal the title.

Bengal, after being put in, were dealt some early strikes that slowed their progress in the first ten overs. Their top three struggled to find the boundary and were contained by some tight MP bowling. Opener Anustup Muzumdar made 24, but off 34 deliveries, and support from the other end was lacking. Seamer Amarjeet Singh kept Bengal in check with two wickets and a run-out within the first 11 overs, and at 54 for 4 MP had them in trouble.

That's when Das and Saha got together. Not only did they help their team recover, but did so in quick time by infusing the innings with some badly-needed urgency. Das struck five fours and two sixes while Saha struck three over the ropes in his cameo of 36. The pair batted eight overs together and steered their team to a competitive 142.

Captain Mohnish Mishra's onslaught in the chase threatened to shut out Bengal out of the game. He tore into the Bengal bowling early on and at 32 without loss in less than four overs, MP would have felt vulnerable. But periodic breakthroughs from there on, coupled with a loss in momentum due to some restrictive bowling, gave Bengal hope. By the end of the 12th over, MP were 85 for 4 and had lost another attacking batsman in Naman Ojha.

Harpreet Singh and Murtaza Ali, however, revived the innings in a 46-run stand that took their team within striking distance of their target. Harpreet paced his innings well to make 55 while Murtaza was more attacking, collecting 32 in 22 balls. At 131 for 4 with 10 balls to go, it was MP's game to lose and lose they did. Ashok Dinda removed Harpreet and Ankit Sharma off consecutive deliveries, and two run-outs in the final over - including one off the final ball with three runs required to win - sealed MP's fate.

M. Pradesh 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st32MD MishraJalaj S Saxena
2nd23Jalaj S SaxenaHarpreet Singh
3rd25UA BirlaHarpreet Singh
4th5NV OjhaHarpreet Singh
5th46M AliHarpreet Singh
6th0M AliAnkit Sharma
7th5M AliRameez Khan
8th5M AliAmarjeet Singh

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