RESULT
1st Semi Final, Visakhapatnam, April 07, 2008, Vijay Hazare Trophy
249/9
(45.4/50 ov, T:250) 250/6

Bengal won by 4 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)

Report

Bengal reach final after convincing win

A solid team effort saw Bengal beat defending champions Mumbai by four wickets and enter the finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Visakhapatnam

Cricinfo staff
07-Apr-2008
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

Mumbai's Ajinkya Rahane continued his excellent run, making a quick 55 © Cricinfo Ltd
 
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 Innings
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Vijay Hazare Trophy
Central Zone
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
VIDAR4400170.614
MP4310130.951
RAJ42208-0.502
UP41305-0.020
RLYS4040-3-1.000
East Zone
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
BENG4300171.915
JKAND4210110.614
ODSH42206-0.827
TPURA41206-0.510
ASSAM40301-0.708
North Zone
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
DELHI5410191.455
HP5410160.372
PNJB5320140.863
HRYNA532012-0.016
SVCS51403-0.644
J + K5050-4-1.775
South Zone
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
KNTKA5500221.184
TN5410181.009
HYD523090.133
GOA52307-0.167
AP51403-0.645
KER51401-1.500
West Zone
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
MUM4310141.680
SAU42209-0.244
BRODA422080.441
MAHA42207-1.004
GUJ41302-0.963