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Raina, Kuldeep star in UP's big win

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Suresh Raina made a timely return to form with an unbeaten 59-ball 126, as Uttar Pradesh crushed Bengal by 75 runs in their opening Super League fixture in Kolkata. Raina's fourth T20 hundred comes after a dry spell that had him go without a half-century for more than 10 innings across formats. His knock included 13 fours and seven sixes and propelled Uttar Pradesh to 235 for 3. With a retainership of INR 11 crore, Raina was one of the three players held on to by Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL auction.

Raina found his major ally in Akshdeep Nath, who smashed 80 off 43 balls including seven fours and four sixes. Nath, who also played under Raina for Gujarat Lions in the IPL, shared a 163-run partnership with him for the third wicket. He has set his base price at INR 20 lakh ahead of the auction on January 27 and 28.

While Raina and Nath starred with the bat, it was Kuldeep Yadav who put the skids on Bengal with the ball. He finished with figures of 4 for 26, accounting for the wickets of Shreevats Goswami, Sudip Chatterjee, Pramod Chandila and Anustup Majumdar. The 23-year-old left-arm wristspinner has enjoyed a good run with Kolkata Knight Riders in the past, and has subsequently enjoyed a good season with the national side. Kuldeep has set his base price at INR 1.5 crore, and is expected to be one of the major spinning picks at the auction.

Meanwhile, Bengal didn't bat their full quota of overs as they folded for 160 in 16.1 overs. Only Goswami, who made 57 off 28 balls, and Sudip (36 off 25) made substantial contributions. With the ball, seamer Ashok Dinda took one wicket for 29 runs.

Bengal 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st65SP GoswamiB Vivek Singh
2nd9MK TiwarySP Goswami
3rd45SP GoswamiSD Chatterjee
4th3SD ChatterjeeP Chandila
5th0AP MajumdarSD Chatterjee
6th9SD ChatterjeeWB Chatterjee
7th18WB ChatterjeePJ Pramanik
8th2AB DindaPJ Pramanik
9th0AB DindaSS Ghosh
10th9SS GhoshMukesh Kumar

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
RAJ431120.519
PNJB431120.08
KNTKA42281.418
MUM4134-0.302
JKAND4134-1.747
Super League Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
DELHI431120.6
UP42281.011
BRODA42280.234
BENG4228-0.692
TN4134-1.178
Central Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
RAJ541160.716
UP532120.585
VIDAR532120.505
MP532120.112
RLYS5144-0.79
CGARH5144-1.237
East Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
BENG440160.863
JKAND431121.08
ODSH42281.085
TPURA4134-1.326
ASSAM4040-1.484
North Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
DELHI541162.267
PNJB53212-0.14
SVCS52380.121
HRYNA5238-0.2
HP5238-0.804
J + K5238-0.838
South Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
KNTKA541161.354
TN541160.435
AP541160.109
HYD5238-0.074
KER5144-0.375
GOA5050-1.499
West Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
BRODA440161.218
MUM42280.803
SAU4228-0.222
GUJ4134-0.405
MAHA4134-1.27