Bengal v Jharkhand, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, 2nd semi-final March 18, 2017

Goswami, Easwaran fire Bengal into finals

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

File photo - Pragyan Ojha's third five-wicket haul in List A cricket put Bengal into their first final since 2012 © PTI

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.

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  • J on March 19, 2017, 6:38 GMT

    Sidsters comment is somewhat disturbing, for the mindset of 'state first' that it reveals. Each franchise can and will buy any player they want. No one can force them to relocate to some other city of they dont pick local players.

  • Anand on March 19, 2017, 4:24 GMT

    Did anyone notice in ten overs how much runs given by India's fastest bowler Varun Aaron, if medium fast bowlers gave more runs in limited overs match people here pass comments like medium fast bowlers are waste only fastest / with more speed bowlers only are best. Let them justify now.

  • Sid on March 19, 2017, 4:24 GMT

    It is high time KKR give chances to local lads instead of buying from UP - Bengal has had the better of UP consistently for the past few seasons across all formats. Else KKR should relocate their franchise to Lucknow.

  • parameswaran on March 18, 2017, 15:27 GMT

    Excellent win by Bengal. Easwaran, Srivats, Tiwari all did well. Srivats is a bright young wicket keeper batsman. Easwaran and Chatterjee are big scoring batsmen. There are some young pacers also coming on. TN will not find it easy to beat Bengal.

  •   Gyan Singh on March 18, 2017, 14:58 GMT

    @SDG There is a whole host of Bengal players who should definitely have played for India, and there is a whole host of players who should definitely still play for India. Put lightly, if the remarkable effort and dedication Indian selectors try to overlook Bengal players with was better directed, they could have solved world hunger, cancer cure and corruption in India by now. Dhoni's "blitzkrieg" (70 off 62) vs Manoj Tiwary (75* off 49) or for a wk vs wk comparison, Sreevats Goswami (101 off 99) - guess which of the three will be playing Champions Trophy??

  • Soumya Das Gupta on March 18, 2017, 13:59 GMT

    Bengal has played very good cricket in both shorter formats. There is one player who I feel should definitely play for India that is left hander Sudip Chatterjee. He has been extremely good in longer formats and this year has been equally good in ODIs

  • dasnil8173837 on March 18, 2017, 13:11 GMT

    some solace at end of day..........though India performed very badly ( the way Vijay, Kohli, Rahane get out ...did some one from team management have guts to be hard with them ....a very crucial match and look how they get out this a joke??......) but being a bengal supporter some joy at the end of day .........well played bengal.....hope that now they beat TN in finals and hoping that national selector's can give some bengal player's a chance in Indian team in future......some lousy Indian player's need to be thrown out of the Indian team ASAP.....

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