Saha bludgeoned a whopping 16 boundaries and four towering sixes as Bengal piled 234/6 after opting to bat. @ AFP

Wriddhiman Saha announced his return with a blistering 62-ball 129 which paved the way for Bengal’s crushing 107-run win over Arunachal Pradesh in a Syed Mushtaq Ali 2019 Group D Round 5 match at Cuttack on Wednesday.

Saha, who was initially side-lined with a thumb injury, following which the BCCI revealed he underwent a surgery on his shoulder, bludgeoned a whopping 16 boundaries and four towering sixes as Bengal piled 234/6 after opting to bat. (ALSO READ: Shubman Gill stars as Punjab beat Sikkim)

Vivek Singh, the next highest scorer, missed out on a half-century by one run, but did the job to take his side across the 200-run mark – his knock coming in just 18 deliveries which included five boundaries and three sixes. Captain Manoj Tiwary added just two before he was dismissed by Akhilesh Sahani, who picked three for 36 in his four overs. (ALSO READ: Guntashveer maiden ton puts Haryana back on winning track)

In reply, Kshitiz Sharma scored an unbeaten 54, while Techi Doria added 43, but Arunachal Pradesh ended up with 127/4, well short of their huge target.

For Bengal, Sayan Ghosh and Ayan Bhattacharjee pocketed one wicket apiece. With their third win in five games, Bengal are on the second spot with 12 points, while Arunachal Pradesh, yet to open their account, move down to the penultimate position.

Brief scores: Bengal 234/6 (Wrridhiman Saha 129, Vivek Singh 49; Akhilesh Sahani 3/36) beat Arunachal Pradesh 127/4 (Kshitiz Sharma 54*, Techi Doria 43) by 107 runs