Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, Group C March 4, 2017

Harpreet Singh's ton not enough to stop Bengal

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - Harpreet Singh Bhatia hit nine fours and a six © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Harpreet Singh Bhatia continued his excellent form with 109 off 134 balls, but Madhya Pradesh fell short against Bengal in a chase of 271 in Chennai. MP were well placed at 234 for 5 in the 44th over, but they lost their last five wickets for only 22 runs. Earlier half centuries from Sudip Chatterjee (91 off 101 balls) and Manoj Tiwary (59 off 73 balls) led Bengal's progress.

Chatterjee and Tiwary added 127 runs for the third wicket and set their team up for a strong finish. However, a string of late wickets kept them to 270 for 8. Ultimately, it turned out to be enough. This was Bengal's fifth win in five matches.

Rohit Sharma managed only 16 on return from injury, but Mumbai's bowlers strangled Andhra's batsmen to secure a 43-run victory in Chennai.

Seamer Shivam Dubey led the attack with three wickets while Pravin Tambe, Shardul Thakur, and Dhawal Kulkarni, also returning from injury, took two wickets each. Opener Srikar Bharat top-scored for Andhra with 64 off 46 balls in a chase of 232, but he lacked substantial support from the other batsmen. The next best score in the chase was Hanuma Vihari's 33 off 68 balls.

Dubey was at it with the bat as well, hitting 41 off 32 balls, including three sixes and a four. Half-centuries from Aditya Tare and Siddhesh Lad also added to Mumbai's 231 for 8. Seamer Girinath Reddy picked up three wickets for Andhra, including that of Rohit.

An unbroken 120-run partnership between teenagers Salman Khan (61 off 79 balls) and Mahipal Lomror (73 off 65 balls) propelled Rajasthan to a seven-wicket win against Goa at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. They joined forces at 94 for 3 in a chase of 212 and ensured Rajasthan cantered home with nearly 10 overs to spare.

Earlier, Goa put up 211 for 8 with opener Prathamesh Gawas top-scoring with 66 off 107 balls on List A debut. Suyash Prabhudessai contributed with 41 from the middle order, but tight bowling from Nathu Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Tajinder Singh restricted Goa.

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  •   Gyan Singh on March 5, 2017, 13:04 GMT

    The Bengal team has a lot of "stars" in the strict sense. Several players who should have become permanent fixtures in the national team but for some reason were not selected or discarded prematurely after selection. Sudip Chatterjee, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda, Shreevats Goswami, Anustup Majumdar, and now we have Sayan Ghosh, Kanishk Seth coming through. Also Bengal players seem to have this knack of putting in match-turning performances but somehow staying away from the headlines. Dinda has had figures of 0/22 (10 ov), 2/8 (5 ov), 1/34 (9 ov) and never really featured in any article. Sudip Chatterjee is typecast as a slow one-dimensional batsman, but he is a crucial cog in the wheel, e.g. with 85 n.o. in a successful chase of 274, a 91 at 90+ SR here (again: nobody bats an eye, then Harpreet Singh scores 109 at a snail's pace and everybody loses their mind). Even in that 274 chase, there was a 47 from Goswami and 79 from Abhimanyu, both at 100+ SR, again hardly anyone noticed.

  • paramnp9 on March 5, 2017, 4:09 GMT

    Am also impressed with the performance of Bengal team. Though there are no stars, different players rise up to the occasion in different matches. New seamers like Seth also look really good.

  • SDG on March 4, 2017, 20:19 GMT

    Bengal is rocking, today the real star was Sayan Ghosh the bowler with sling action. He is called "Malinga" in kolkata maidan

  • paramnp9 on March 4, 2017, 17:30 GMT

    Rajasthan is a young team. It was an impressive win for Rajasthan today with two U19 players playing key roles. It is difficult to realise that Mahipal Lamror is only 17. He is pretty mature and if he can be more consistent as a bowler, he will soon come in contention for A tours. S.F.Khan is another teenager, who has looked impressive. For me, Rajasthan looks to be a team with potential, with players like T Ul Haq, Nathu Singh and leg spinner Rahul Chahar around.

  • paramnp9 on March 4, 2017, 17:25 GMT

    Mumbai batting has been disappointing. Jaffar should be given another chance. In bowling, Dubey bowled well. Thakur has been impressive right through. Bengal is unstoppable.

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