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Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Goswami, Easwaran fire Bengal into finals

Bengal 329 for 4 (Goswami 101, Easwaran 101, Tiwary 75*) beat Jharkhand 288 (Dhoni 70, Jaggi 59, Ojha 5-71) by 41 runs
Scorecard

Bengal openers Shreevats Goswami and Abhimanyu Easwaran struck centuries to help them post 329 for 4, before Pragyan Ojha took five of Jharkhand's last six wickets - including that of MS Dhoni - to bowl them out for 288 to win by 41 runs at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla. They will play Tamil Nadu in the final on Monday.

Goswami and Easwaran added 198 for the first wicket after Dhoni elected to field. Goswami, who was named Player of the Match, was the more aggressive of the two, hitting 11 fours and a six in his 99-ball 101 before he fell to medium-pacer Monu Kumar in the 35th over. Easwaran also made 101, his second century of the tournament, and like 127 against Mumbai, this innings too consisted of more running than it did boundaries.

After his dismissal in the 40th over, Bengal scored 100 runs off 62 balls, fueled by their captain Manoj Tiwary. His unbeaten 75 off 49 balls, took Bengal past 320 while Varun Aaron took the most wickets for Jharkhand, but was also their most expensive bowler, going for 89 runs.

Jharkhand started slowly, but their partnerships progressively increased till the fifth wicket fell. The two most substantial of those were 54 for the fourth wicket between Dhoni and Saurabh Tiwary (48) and 97 for the fifth between Dhoni and Ishank Jaggi. But their chase fizzled out when Dhoni fell to Ojha for for a 62-ball 70 at the end of the 43rd over. Jaggi (59) was dismissed by Sayan Ghosh (2-52) shortly after and the last four batsmen fell to Ojha in a collapse that eventually read 6 for 38.

Jharkhand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st20Pratyush SinghVirat Singh
2nd36K DeobratVirat Singh
3rd43SS TiwaryK Deobrat
4th54MS DhoniSS Tiwary
5th97MS DhoniIR Jaggi
6th8IR JaggiKaushal Singh
7th1Monu KumarKaushal Singh
8th17VR AaronKaushal Singh
9th9S NadeemVR Aaron
10th3S NadeemR Shukla

Vijay Hazare Trophy

Elite, Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM430142.148
MAHA330121.352
PNJB421100.547
HP32180.602
BRODA3116-0.083
GOA4126-0.472
KNTKA3022-1.995
VIDAR3022-2.253
RLYS3030-1.753
Elite, Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
DELHI320100.797
KER421100.418
AP320100.2
CGARH32180.692
SAU32180.082
HYDBD4126-0.35
UP4024-0.317
ODSH3022-0.581
MP3022-1.38
Elite, Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND430142.382
GUJ430140.885
SVCS431120.672
HRYNA421101.592
TN42280.711
BENG3218-0.906
TPURA4134-0.635
ASSAM3022-4.185
J + K3030-0.747
RAJ3030-1.799
Plate Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
Bihar320101.008
ARPR42110-1.336
MEGHA32182.67
NAGA42280.405
UKHND32180.169
PONDI41180.486
MNPR31160.241
MIZOR3022-1.382
SIKM3030-2.282