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  • 5:23 PM IST

    Bengal through to final: Bengal after setting 330-run target have completed a 41-run win. MS Dhoni and Ishank Jaggi gave Jharkhand a glimmer of hope, but they could not take their team over the line as Benga kept up the pressure. Pragyan Ojha finished with five wickets in the end. Jharkhand will now take on Tamil Nadu on Monday in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Monday. Do join us then.

  • 4:43 PM IST

    Dhoni dismissed: Dhoni has been dismissed for 70, but Ishank Jaggi is looking in attacking mood. He too has scored a quickfire fifty and the hopes of the entire Jharkhand team will be on him. Dhoni and Jaggi put on 97 for the fifth wicket, that has given Jharkhand a glimmer of hope in this match. Jharkhand 253/5 in 44 overs, need 77 off 36.

  • 4:18 PM IST

    Dhoni fifty: MS Dhoni brings up his fifty off just 43 deliveries and leads Jharkhand’s charge. Ishank Jaggi too has batted very well at the other end and is nearing his fifty as well. Tgis partnership is beginning to threaten Bengal, but they still need 108 off the final 10 overs. Will they get there? Jharkhand 222/4 in 40 overs.

  • 3:43 PM IST

    Jharkhand accelerate but lose Tiwary: MS Dhoni and Saurabh Tiwary have started t get some quick runs. Boundaries are coming much easily now, but the required run rate is still very high for Jharkhand. Just when things were looking good, Ashok Dinda gets rid of Tiwary for 48. However, hadTiwary and Dhoni batted for the next 10 oves or so, the match could tilt in Jharkhand’s favour. It is important for Bengal to take wickets at regular intervals and not become complacent. Jharkhand are 153/4 in 31 overs.

  • 3:02 PM IST

    Bengal remain on top: Saurabh Tiwary and skipper MS Dhoni are at the crease, but Bengal are still on top. The Bengal bowlers are keeping it tight and will take a herculean effort from Jharkhand to get to their target. The likes of Ishank Jaggi and Shahbaz Nadeem are yet to bat and Bengal cannot take Jharkhand’s firepower lightly. Jharkhand 101/3 in 23 overs, need 229 runs more to win.

  • 2:32 PM IST

    Jharkhand losing pace: Jharkhand have lost the wicket of Virat Singh as well and are struggling to keep up with the required run rate, which is now almost 8. Bengal will be happy with the way their bowlers have bowled, but will look to keep picking up wickets at regular intervals to stay on top. Jharkhand will want their middle-order to step up and deliver. Jharkhand have Saurabh Tiwary and Kumar Deobrat at the crease, they are 69/2 after 16 overs, need 261 more to win.

  • 1:58 PM IST

    Early wicket: Bengal remove Pratyush Singh cheaply. Jharkhand now have Virat Singh and Kumar Deobrat at the crease and will look to guide their side to a good position. Having scored 329 and picked up an early wicket, Bengal surely have their tail up. Ashok Dinda and Kanish Seth have bowled well in tandem so far. Jharkhand 34/1 after 9 overs, chasing 330.

  • 12:39 PM IST

    Jharkhand set 330-run target: Manoj Tiwary went berserk in the final overs of the innings and ensured that Bengal finish with a huge total on the board. Jharkhand wil have a tough task of chasing this down, but will back themselves, given their strong batting line-up. Easwaran and Goswami scored 101 each, but it was Tiwary’s unbeaten 75 off 49, which enabled Bengal to get a score well over 300.

  • 12:13 PM IST

    Bengal eye big score: Agniv Pan and skipper Maoj Tiwary have batted well and with four more overs to go, Bengal will eye are score of well over 300. Pan is Jharkhand’s laterst victim, dismissed for 17-ball 19. The openers set up the innings beautifully for the middle-order and now the middle-order is continuing the momentum. Sudip Chatterjee joins Tiwary at the crease. Bengal 280/3 in 46 overs.

  • 11:47 AM IST

    Goswami, Easwaran dismissed for 101: Shreevats Goswami struck a sublime century but was dismissed for 101 off 99 balls. Easwaran to has gone past his ton, coming off 120 balls, but he was unfortunately run out, incidentally for 101. Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary has wasted no time in getting going. Bengal are going at close to six an over and with nine wickets in hand, they can get a mammoth total on the board. Bengal 230/2 in 40 overs.

  • 11:07 AM IST

    Bengal openers eye ton: Goswami after starting relatively at a slow pace has overtaken Easwaran. Goswami is now into the 90s and has set his eye on a big century. Easwaran on the other hand is playing a steady innings and he too is eyeing a ton. If both batsmen get there, Bengal will further be in a good position. These are ominous signs for Jharkhand, who need a few quick wickets at this stage. Bengal 176/0 in 31 overs, Goswami 90*, Easwaran 79*

  • 10:43 AM IST

    Openers bring up their fifties: Goswami and Easwaran have brought up their respective fifties and have put Bengal in a commanding position. They have set up a good platform for the team to get a big score on the board. Jharkhand in desperately need to break this partnership at the earliest. Bengal’s middle-order too has been in good form in this tournament. Bengal 131/0 in 24 overs, Goswami 65*, Easwaran 60*

  • 10:19 AM IST

    Openers consolidate: Opening batsmen Easwaran and Goswami are set and looking to build on their excellent opening stand. dhoni has used as many as four bowlers already, but they are yet to provide the team with a breakthrough. Easwaran is looking in good touch and is just a few runs short of his fifty. Goswami too is slowly starting t score a lot freely. Bengal 81/0 in 16 overs.

  • 9:56 AM IST

    Bright start: Bengal are off to an excelent start after they were asked to bat first by MS Dhoni. Easwaran seems to be the dominant partner, while it looks like Goswami is just about getting his eye in before he goes for his shots. Jharkhand need a wicket, just about noww. Bengal have a good batting unit. Given this start, they will be eyeing a big score today. Bengal 56/0 after 10 overs. Easwaran 35 (39), Goswami 15 (21)

  • 9:29 AM IST

    Finally some cricket! After the unfortunate incident yesterday, we finally have some cricket to watch. No having Ishan Kishan is a big loss as he was in good form in this tournament, but nevertheless, Jharkhand under MS Dhoni might still find a way to make it to the final. Bengal have made a steady start so far, but it is Varun Aaron for Jharkhand, who has bowled an excelent spell so far. He could very well be the bowler, who dismisses Bengal for a cheap score. Bengal 20/0 after 4 overs. Shreevats Goswami and Abhimanyu Easwaran at the crease.

  • 9:20 AM IST

    Huge loss for Jharkhand this:

  • 8:47 AM IST

  • 8:47 AM IST

  • 8:47 AM IST

    TOSS-Jharkhand have won the toss, and skipper MS Dhoni has asked Bengal to bat first.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second semi-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 between Jharkhand and Bengal at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. The match, which was initially supposed to be held on Friday, was postponed to Saturday as the hotel where the Jharkhand players were staying caught fire. All players escaped unhurt, but it is believed that their cricketing gears were damaged. The BCCI immediately took note of this and postponed this match to the next day. Also, the final of the tournament will now take place on Monday, March 20 instead of March 19. The winner of this match between Jharkhand and Bengal will take on Tamil Nadu in the final of the tournament on Sunday. READ: BCCI announce new schedule for Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 semi-final, final

Tamil Nadu beat Baroda in the first semi-final on Thursday to make it to the final. Bengal recorded their highest ever run-chase in the quarter-final against Maharashtra to make it to the last four. The match went down the wire, as they chased down 319. Jharkhand, on the other hand, had a much easier outing in the quarters. They beat Vidarbha by 6 wickets, with Jharkhand skipper MS Dhoni once again finishing the match with a six — like he has done many times in his career. READ: Jharkhand vs Bengal, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, 2nd semi-final: MS Dhoni, Pragyan Ojha and other key-clashes

Since relinquishing captaincy of the Indian limited-overs side, Dhoni has taken over the reins as Jharkhand captain for this tournament. With a young side at his disposal, he has done well to guide them to this stage. Jharkhand also made it to the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy this year, but could not progress any further. They will hope that they make it to the final this time around. However, Jharkhand have some senior pros such as Saurabh Tiwary, who has played very well in this tournament. He has scored 320 runs from 7 innings at 53.33. Dhoni and Ishank Jaggi, too, have been among runs.

As far as Bengal are concerned, Abhimanyu Easwaran and skipper Manoj Tiwary have been their batting mainstay with 370 and 271 runs in seven outings respectively. Sudip Chatterjee. too, has played a couple of vital innings. Kanishk Seth and Pragyan Ojha, with 10 wickets, have been Bengal’s best bowlers. They also have the experience of Ashok Dinda on their side.


Bengal: Manoj Tiwary (c), Shreevats Goswami (wk), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Agniv Pan, Sudip Chatterjee, Anustup Majumdar, Kanishk Seth, Aamir Gani, Sayan Ghosh, Pragyan Ojha, Ashok Dinda, Mukesh Kumar, Ishan Porel, Debabrata Das, Abhishek Raman, Pankaj Shaw, Writtick Chatterjee, Pramod Chandila, Saurabh Singh, Mohammed Shami

Jharkhand: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ishan Kishan, Virat Singh, Ishank Jaggi, Saurabh Tiwary, Kaushal Singh, Pratyush Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sonu Singh, Varun Aaron, Rahul Shukla, Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Monu Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, Anand Singh, Shasheem Sanjay Rathour, Vikash Singh, Kumar Deobrat