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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

Central Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
VIDAR440170.614
MP431130.951
RAJ4228-0.502
UP4135-0.02
RLYS404-3-1
East Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
BENG430171.915
JKAND421110.614
ODSH4226-0.827
TPURA4126-0.51
ASSAM4031-0.708
North Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
DELHI541191.455
HP541160.372
PNJB532140.863
HRYNA53212-0.016
SVCS5143-0.644
J + K505-4-1.775
South Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
KNTKA550221.184
TN541181.009
HYD52390.133
GOA5237-0.167
AP5143-0.645
KER5141-1.5
West Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
MUM431141.68
SAU4229-0.244
BRODA42280.441
MAHA4227-1.004
GUJ4132-0.963