Mumbai v Bengal, final, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2011-12 March 12, 2012

All-round Shukla gives Bengal title

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Bengal 252 for 4 (Shukla 106*, Majumdar 50*) beat Mumbai 248 (Jaffer 61, Shukla 4-38)

An unbeaten century and four wickets from allrounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla helped Bengal beat Mumbai at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and lift the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the first time since the tournament's inception. Mumbai had scored 295 at the Kotla in the semi-final, on Saturday, but could only manage 248 this time, after Shukla prevented the top-order batsmen from kicking on from starts, and repeated strikes in the middle overs prevented an acceleration.

It was still a competitive total, though, and Shukla came in after Bengal had crawled to 69 for 2 in 17.5 overs. He took control of the chase, and, after losing a couple of partners, found company in Anustup Majumdar, who scored 50 not out off 45 balls. The pair shared an unbeaten 107-run partnership to take Bengal home in 46.1 overs. Both were aggressive: Shukla hit 12 fours and two sixes in his 106 not out off 90 balls, while Majumdar struck seven boundaries in his half-century.

The partnership came after Sourav Ganguly's 38 off 53 balls and Shreevats Goswami's 42 off 73 had left Bengal behind the asking-rate. When Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed for 11 in the 33rd over, Bengal were 145 for 4 and the match was still even. Shukla and Majumdar took it away from Mumbai, whose spinners were expensive.

Mumbai chose to bat, after the strategy had worked in the semi-final, and had a bright beginning thanks to Wasim Jaffer's 61 off 48 balls, which included 10 fours and a six. They were 83 for 0 in the 13th over when Shukla bowled Jaffer. Shukla then dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Anup Revandkar to slow the run-rate down. The dangerous Abhishek Nayar was dismissed for 11 and Bengal kept chipping away at the wickets after that. Suryakumar Yadav held one end up, and scored 50 off 68 balls, but once he was dismissed, Mumbai's lower order failed to make significant contributions, and they were bowled out in 49.2 overs, Shukla taking the final wicket.

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  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Without Manoj Tiwary and Dinda, Bengal wins. I think Saha should be in the ODI squad. Jadeja should be dropped without hesitation as he is a BIG falure all the time. I am surprised how he walks into the team just like that. Given a choice between Jadeja and Tiwary, Tiwary is equally a good fielder if not better with lightning reflexes. Tiwary should move in with his domestic record. And if Dinda does not get a chance, we should not have faith in Ranji performances.

  • Sajin on March 13, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Laxmi Ratan Shukla can be tried again in indian ODI & T20 cricket considering his recent performance. However, the most suitable guy who has to be wear national colour is Wriddiman Saha. He had a stunning domestic performance so far and excelled in international cricket when chances given.

  • P on March 13, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    congratulations to Bengal and a fantastic knock by shukla. to get into India probables,he has to be much more consistent with both bat and ball. Dada was a flop as batsman, averaged 16 in the tournament. Jaffer, Uthapa, Saha and Ravi Teja batted brilliantly in this tournament.

  • Al on March 12, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    This final was a Laxmi Ratan Shukla show all the way. Why can't he get a chance in the national ODI team? Wasim Jaffer and Saha played well in the entire series. Jaffer deserves a shot in place of Sehwag. Saha deserves a chance in the test series in place of Dhoni. Bengal's Mohammad Sami seems to be a good pacer. He did well in Duleep Trophy and Vijay Hazare trophy. He can't be worse than Mithun.

  • Vikram on March 12, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    When Jaffer scores at a strike rate more than 100, what does it tell me about Bengal's bowlers? And when Agarkar goes at less than 5 rpo, what does it tell me about Bengal's batsmen?

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Well done l.r. shukla, and dada u too did well bt a century by u wud have been better, bt okay scored n good spell bowled

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    LR Shukla definitely deserves a look into the national side. His career had started off like a fairy tale being hailed as the next Kapil Dev and making his international debut at the age of 17. Injuries halted his bowling. But he has been treated shabbily he has always been a match winner with the bat pocket sized dynamo electric in the field and his bowling though limited is still useful

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Ha.. Shukla in place of jadeja ?? What makes anyone think that is gonna happen ? Link Srinivasan, Dhoni, Srikkanth, Jadeja and CSK and you will know why it will ne'er happen

  • Clean on March 12, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    WP Saha scored 395 runs in the tournament with 6 half centuries in 7 matches and and average of 98.75.

    Duleep Trophy, he scored 294 runs in 3 innings with 2 centuries at an average of 147.

    Manoj Tiwary scored 595 runs in 4 innings at an average of 148.75 in the Ranji Trophy this year, with 4 back to back hundreds and double hundreds (including the ONE one day inning she played against West Indies).

    I hope the Indian public gets these two guys into the Indian team quickly otherwise they will be lost forever like MANY others.

  • padmaraj on March 12, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    save for the ICL stint; he has done no harm so far in his career. but somehow he was never given a long run. where is RS Sodhi??

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