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Bengal reach final after convincing win

Bengal 250 for 6 (Shukla 65, Das 55, Kulkarni 3-45) beat Mumbai 249 for 9 (Muzumdar 71, Rahane 55, Saxedna 4-50) by four wickets
Scorecard

A solid team effort saw Bengal beat defending champions Mumbai by four wickets and enter the finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Visakhapatnam. Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Debabrata Das made rapid half-centuries as Bengal easily chased down the target of 250 with more than four overs to spare.

Mumbai's top order, led by the tournament's leading run-scorer Ajinkya Rahane's 55, provided a superb platform, reaching 94 for 1 by the 19th over. However, Bengal took three wickets - including that of Rohit Sharma, Mumbai's match-winner in the quarter-final - in quick succession, to leave them at a dicey 119 for 4.

Captain Amol Muzumdar then anchored the innings with a measured 71, supported by Abhishek Nayar. The partnership swelled to 68 when offspinner Saurasish Lahiri dismissed Nayar, after which Mumbai were unable to accelerate - only 63 runs coming off the last 105 balls. Left-arm spinner Iresh Saxena was the pick of the bowlers, ending with 4 for 50 in his ten overs.

Despite opener Shreevats Goswami's 48 and No. 4 Manoj Tiwary's efforts, Bengal were in trouble at 110 for 4. But Shukla (65) and Das (55*) added 94 at more than a run-a-ball set Bengal on course for a spot in the final. They now take on the winner of Tuesday's match between Saurashtra and Vidarbha on April 10.

Bengal 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st30SS LahiriSP Goswami
2nd10AP MajumdarSP Goswami
3rd67MK TiwarySP Goswami
4th3LR ShuklaSP Goswami
5th94LR ShuklaDB Das
6th45WP SahaDB Das
7th1AS ChowdhuryDB Das

Vijay Hazare Trophy

Elite, Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM860281.634
MAHA861261.003
BRODA842201.141
PNJB842200.354
HP83414-0.138
VIDAR83414-0.819
KNTKA82412-0.175
GOA8158-0.935
RLYS8072-1.719
Elite, Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
DELHI861261.258
AP861260.1
HYD852220.539
KER84318-0.165
CGARH844160.278
SAU83512-0.475
ODSH82510-0.181
UP8158-0.378
MP8166-0.984
Elite, Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND970321.347
HRYNA961281.661
SVCS953220.597
GUJ953220.534
TN954200.767
BENG94418-0.115
J + K93612-0.855
TPURA92610-0.58
RAJ9278-0.971
ASSAM9168-2.005
Plate Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
Bihar870302.724
UKHND871281.82
PONDI851241.727
NAGA853200.909
MEGHA844160.791
MNPR82510-0.197
ARPR82510-1.928
MIZOR8166-2.467
SIKM8080-3.182