Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Group D December 10, 2015

Dwivedi's maiden ton steers UP to comfortable win

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - Manoj Tiwary's rapid fifty brought up Bengal's win in the 42nd over © PTI

Uttar Pradesh wicketkeeper Eklavya Dwivedi's maiden List A century anchored the side's chase of 244 and steered them to a seven-wicket win over Himachal Pradesh in Rajkot. UP were at a shaky 95 for 3 in the 20th over, with their top three dismissed, but Dwivedi and Rinku Singh took charge of the chase with an unbeaten 152-run partnership and sealed the win in the 48th over. Dwivedi's unbeaten 104 came off 127 deliveries with 15 fours. UP had looked set to restrict Himachal to a lower total than their eventual score of 243 for 8. Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla and Saurabh Kumar chipped away at the line-up to reduce the batting side to 197 for 8 in the 45th over. Valuable runs at the end came from Rishi Dhawan, who scored an unbeaten 67 off 64 deliveries.

Fifties from openers Shreevats Goswami and Sayan Mondal, and Manoj Tiwary led Bengal to a comfortable six-wicket win over Goa with more than eight overs to spare in their opening match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Chasing 236, Bengal were put on track by a 116-run partnership between Goswami and Mondal at the start of the innings. Goswami played a more rapid knock, striking 70 off 77 deliveries, while Mondal's 54 came off 76 deliveries. Both batsmen were dismissed in the space of four overs but Tiwary ensured the setback was a minor one, striking an unbeaten 62 off 48 deliveries to take the side to a win. Earlier, Goa, who were put in to bat, rebuilt after early wickets - through fifties from Sagun Kamat (55), Reagan Pinto (55) and Saurabh Bandekar (62) - but lost a clump of wickets towards the end of the innings to end at 235 for 9. Ashok Dinda took 3 for 40 off his 10 overs while Sayan Ghosh chipped in with two wickets.

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