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Bengal, Jharkhand progress after wins

Bengal qualified for the second round of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with a nine-run win over Odisha in a low-scoring game at Eden Gardens.

Opting to bat, Bengal managed a score of 121 for 7, propped up by knocks from opener Vivek Singh (38), Manoj Tiwary (22) and Arnab Nandi (29), even as the rest of the line-up struggled to get past a score of 10.

Odisha, needing a win to boost their chances of progression, unfortunately followed Bengal's template as only three batsmen got into double-digit scores. The Bengal bowlers, particularly medium-pacer Sanjib Sanyal and Nandi were the most effective, taking two wickets each while conceding few runs. For Odisha, the best innings came from Govinda Podder, who top-scored with 39 in an innings of 112 for 9.

Jharkhand rode on knocks from opener Ishan Kishan and captain Saurabh Tiwary to become the second team from the East Zone to qualify for the next round, with an eight-wicket win over Assam in Kolkata.

Kishan struck 48 off 35 balls with six fours, helping his side overcome the early loss of opener Ishank Jaggi in a chase of 128. Saurabh Tiwary then got into the act, slamming an unbeaten 36 off 21 balls while adding 55 runs with Virat Singh to see the side home with 22 balls to spare.

Earlier, Assam's batsmen got off to starts but failed to bat long enough to play a substantial innings as they closed at 127 for 8. Left-arm spinner Sarfaraz Ashraf, who picked up a five-for in his last game, had another impressive outing with returns of 3 for 22.

Jharkhand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st30IR JaggiIshan Kishan
2nd43Virat SinghIshan Kishan
3rd55SS TiwaryVirat 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