Nitish Saini scored unbeaen 79 © Getty Images
Nitin Saini scored unbeaten 79 © Getty Images

Kochi: Nitin Saini’s unbeaten 74 and Amit Mishra‘s four-wicket haul helped Haryana notch up their first victory of the tournament as they beat Bengal by 17 runs in a Group A Twenty20 cricket match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here today. Though both the team are out of contention for a knockout berth and are jostling for the bottom position in the points table, it was a morale-lifting win for Haryana given the terrible run they have endured so far in the tournament. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Haryana rode on Saini’s 59-ball 74, including eight fours and a six, to post a decent total of 127/3 on board. Another notable contributor in the score was Mohit Hooda, who added 38 to the tally off 48 deliveries. Full Cricket Updates, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16

In reply, Bengal, who have won two and lost three of their previous matches, botched up the chase from the very start and managed 110/8 in their 20 overs. Wriddhiman Saha was Bengal’s top-scorer with 32 off 29 balls. Leg-spinner Mishra was the wrecker-in-chief for Haryana, snaring four for 30 in his four overs. Harshal Patel also chipped in with a couple of wickets.

Haryana have played five matches so far, winning just one and have accumulated four points. They are at the bottom of the table while Bengal playing six matches have won two. They have gathered four points and are in the second position from the bottom of Group A points table.

Brief Scores:

Haryana: 127/3 in 20 overs (Nitin Saini 74 not out, Mukesh Kumar 1/14).

Bengal: 110/8 in 20 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 32, Amit Mishra 4/30).