Vijay Hazare Trophy 2013-14 March 7, 2014

Jharkhand, Bengal make knockouts

ESPNcricinfo staff

East Zone

Bengal made it to the knockouts after stopping Assam short by 12 runs in a high-scoring game. Asked to bat, Bengal posted 321 for 6 with half-centuries from Manoj Tiwary, Shreevats Goswami and Wriddhiman Saha. Assam's reply was led by an unbeaten hundred from Sibsankar Roy and a swift fifty from opener Parvez Aziz but none of the other batsmen made more than 33.

Bengal lost a couple of early wickets but Goswami and Tiwary were able to set up a solid platform with a partnership of 144 in just over 23 overs. Tiwary made his first significant score since his latest comeback from injury, hitting four sixes in his run-a-ball 90. Goswami had ten fours in his 87, which also came at a run a ball. After the duo departed, Saha smashed six sixes in his 78, which took only 56 balls. Sayan Mondal also chipped in a with a quick 34.

Aziz cracked 67 off 50 in the chase and Assam motored along despite the failures of his top-order colleagues. Roy carried on after Aziz fell, keeping the innings together even as wickets kept falling around him, but his effort was in vain.

Jharkhand topped the East Zone table with a comfortable six-wicket win over Odisha, who could muster 216 for 8 after choosing to bat. Anurag Sarangi and Govinda Podder contributed 80 each to help Odisha get past 200 after the Jharkhand seamers had reduced them to 18 for 4, Rahul Shukla leading the way with 3 for 49.

Ishank Jaggi dashed whatever hopes Odisha had, making 125 off 117 at the top of the order with 16 fours and a six. Basant Mohanty did strike twice early but Jaggi's momentum ensured Jharkhand remained in front. Ishan Kishan made 44 on debut while captain Saurabh Tiwary remained unbeaten on 30 as victory was achieved in the 46th over.

The knockouts will be played from March 10 in Kolkata, with the final on March 16 at Eden Gardens.

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  • Naresh on March 10, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    So nice to see Manoj Tiwary amongst the runs again. He was one player who was earmarked for Test team and was waylayed by injury. He really needs to work on his fitness and really a lot depends on him only.

  • jayaesh on March 9, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    @rahulcri,while i am not so gung ho about Jaggi,Rahul Shukla,Deobrat but i am extremely optimistic about young Virat Singh making it big,Monu Singh medium pacer is another one to look out for, he might be rather short in stature but he is a very skiddy bowler with a lovely whippy bowling action and as we saw in u-19 WC can reach speeds up to late 130's with an hint of outswing, finaly Saurabh Tiwary much maligned million dollar man has just been sensational for Jharkhand in Ranji trophy and was unlucky to have been dropped from Indian Odi team after scores of 30 notout in matchwinning cause, ironicall if he has a good IPL he should be in contention for shorter formats for Indian team.

  • rahul on March 9, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    This jharkhand one day team is best had i ever seen.young guns like virat singh is exceptionally doing well.i would not wonder if in coming days india team will be filled by 3-4 jharkhand's player.ishank jaggi,saurabh tiwary,rahul shukla,kumar deobrat they all are promising player......selectors need to watch them ...ol d best!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Pace bowling standards as well as batting standards against them are low in domestic cricket. The Ranji trophy final of this year was a good example. Trundlers like Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, both sub 130 kmph bowlers and S M Fallah (sub 120 kmph bowler) ruled the roost. Such bowlers cannot do well in international matches no matter however well they perform at domestic level.

    Real quick bowlers like Aaron are required to be hadled properly instead of being dropped unceremoniously after a few failures. But I doubt that the cricket officials in India are willing to invest in such bowlers.

  • Binu on March 7, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    This jharkhand team is very exciting to watch some players are 15 , 16 and 17 aged and they are doing good good move by the selectors!

  • J on March 7, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    @CricketMakdi shukla is decent in limited overs cricket but is too expensive just like his team mate aaron was, both take a few wickets at IPL but go for lots of runs which is why the selectors tend not to go for them (other than aaron who can bowl 145k+). Shukla is like shami without the bounce and gone wayward after a few overs. While jaggi played well in this match and has an outstanding list A record he's not what india need, they need replacements for yuvraj and raina as the current candidates are just like jaggi (rahane, rayudu and pujara) who bat at too low a strike rate. I was hoping his team mate saurabh tiwary would do really well in this tournament but bating in the middle order made his strike rate go down, he needs to have a good IPL season showing he can pick up the pace and then the selectors may go for him instead of the tried and tested rahane in the ODI squad.

  • Praveen on March 7, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    This guy Rahul Shukla is exciting prospect, selectors are spineless and brainless they dont know how to groom the talent. IPL has made a note of it and they know how to extract talent.

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