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Odisha, Bengal fashion huge wins

East Zone group leaders Assam had a dismal match, losing by seven wickets to Bengal in Kolkata. Assam were dismissed for 93 after being asked to bat, with only four batsmen reaching a score in double figures.

Fast bowler Veer Pratap Singh's four-wicket effort was well supported by Shami Ahmed, the captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla and medium-pacer Sanjib Sanyal.

Bengal had a brief stutter in their chase when Wriddhiman Saha and Vivek Singh were dismissed off consecutive balls. However, Assam's bowlers simply did not have enough runs to defend. A fluent and unbeaten knock of 61 from Manoj Tiwary, which included eight fours and two sixes, hastened the finish, giving Bengal a comfortable win.

In the second East Zone match in Kolkata, Odisha scored a 235-run win against Jharkhand, courtesy centuries by Paresh Patel and Arabind Singh and a seven-wicket haul by Suryakant Pradhan. Jharkhand won the toss and picked up an early wicket in the fifth over. But they had to wait for 214 more runs for the next strike, that of debutant Arabind, who smashed a 112-ball 132. Biplab Samantray then scored a 13-ball 37 to help Odisha to a tall total of 353.

Left-arm seamer Pradhan triggered a Jharkhand collapse after picking up a wicket in his second over. He picked up a wicket in every over till his seventh as Jharkhand were left tottering on 43 for 8. Some late hitting by the ninth-wicket pair of Rahul Shukla (50 off 55 balls) and Jaskaran Singh delayed the inevitable and helped the team cross the 100-mark. They were eventually bowled out for 118 in the 29th over of the innings.

Bengal 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st11WP SahaB Vivek Singh
2nd0SG DasB Vivek Singh
3rd15SG DasMK Tiwary
4th72MK TiwaryAP Majumdar

Vijay Hazare Trophy

Central Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
MP431150.855
UP431120.341
RAJ42280.199
RLYS4134-0.129
VIDAR4131-1.23
East Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
ASSAM431140.756
BENG431120.494
ODSH42280.963
TPURA4134-0.49
JKAND4132-1.892
North Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
PNJB540211.846
DELHI530181.03
HP5128-0.353
SVCS5127-0.43
HRYNA5126-0.947
J + K5040-1.041
South Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
KNTKA550200.613
KER541170.244
AP532130.631
TN52390.337
HYD5143-0.543
GOA505-2-1.47
West Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
GUJ431130.824
MUM431120.423
BRODA42290.462
MAHA4228-0.479
SAU404-2-1.151