Wriddhiman Saha fashioned Bengal’s win over Tripura with a quickfire half-century © Getty Images


Kolkata: Apr 4, 2014


Wriddhiman Saha continued his sparkling form as his successive half-century fashioned Bengal‘s 72-run win over Tripura in their East Zone league for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament played at the JU second campus ground in Salt Lake on Friday.


Saha was at his devastating best slamming three sixes and nine boundaries for a 37-ball 71 to set the tempo, while Pankaj Shaw, Sanjib Sanyal and Arnab Nandi toyed with the Tripura attack to post a huge 196 for 5 after electing to bat.


Tripura were never really in the game and began disastrously to be eight for three that included in form skipper Yogesh Takawale as Ashoke Dinda (2 for 13) struck twice in two overs.


In no time they were reduced to 27 for 5 before Kaushal Acharjee put some life into the chase with a fighting 41 from 36 balls, but it was not enough as Bengal restricted Tripura to 124 for 8 in 20 overs for their third win in as many matches to virtually make the main round.


Saha put up 79 runs with Tiwary (25) before Shaw along with Nandi and Sanyal hammered Tripura attack in two entertaining partnerships of 43 from 27 balls and 40 from 13 balls respectively to surge the total.


Shaw hit four boundaries and one six in his 24-ball unbeaten 38, Sanyal slammed three fours and two sixes en route to eight-ball 25 not out, while Nandi too contributed a valuable 26 from 16 balls.


Brief Scores:


Bengal 196 for 5 in 20 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 71, Pankaj Shaw 38 not out, Arnab Nandi 26, Sanjib Sanyal 25 not out, Manoj Tiwary 25; Subash Chakraborty 2 for 33) beat Tripura 124 for 8 in 20 overs (Kaushal Acharjee 41, Vijay Bhardwaj 23; Ashoke Dinda 2 for 13) by 72 runs.