BEN­GAL TRI­UMPH

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - SPORT -

Pint-sized open­erShree­vats Goswami and new ball bowler Veer Pratap Singh pro­duced im­pres­sive per­for­mances as Ben­gal com­fort­ably beat Odisha by 25 runs to kick-start their cam­paign in the East Zone leg of the Vi­jay Hazare Trophy.

For mer In­dia U-19 wick­et­keeper-bats­man Goswami an­chored the Ben­gal in­nings as his un­beaten 110 took Ben­gal to a re­spectable 220 for six after be­ing put into bat at the newly con­structed Ben­gal Cricket Academy ground, here to­day.

In re­ply, Odisha were all-out for 195 in 46.4 overs with Veer Pratap grab­bing 5/23 in 8.4 overs ably sup­ported by se­nior pacer Ashoke Dinda (2/41) and all­rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla (2/33).

On a seamer-friendly wicket, left-handed Goswami, who is barely five feet tall bat­ted re­spon­si­bly as he played 145 balls hit­ting 10 fours on the off-side.

Left-handed Sub­ha­jit Ban­er­jee mak­ing his List A de­but made 33 and shared a 73-run stand for the fourth wicket after Arindam Das (0), Sudeep Chat­ter­jee (13) and Manoj Ti­wary (16) were dis­missed. Once Ban­er­jee was dis­missed, skip­per Shukla (0) and Sayan Sekhar Mon­dal (9) also went in quick suc­ces­sion as Ben­gal were re­duced to 145 for six by 42nd over.

How­ever another 65 runs were added by Goswami along with veteran all-rounder Saurashish Lahiri (27, 22 balls) as hosts crossed 200-run mark.

Odisha were cruis­ing along at one stage with score­board read­ing 86 for two be­fore they lost three quick wick­ets to be re­duced at 88 for five. Nataraj Be­hera (77) fought a lonely bat­tle but the Ben­gal seam trio of Veer, Dinda and Shukla didn’t give the op­po­si­tion chance to come­back.

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