[caption id="attachment_683879" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Rahul-Tripathi.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-683879" alt="Rahul Tripathi AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Rahul-Tripathi.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Rahul Tripathi AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>IPL sensation Rahul Tripathi blasted the Bengal bowlers into submission with a 102-ball-125 as Maharashtra comfortably crushed last year's runners-up Bengal by seven wickets in a group B encounter of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. <p></p> <p></p>Batting first, Bengal scored 293/9 riding on opener Abhimanyu Easwaran's 103 and an unbeaten 80 from skipper Manoj Tiwary. <p></p> <p></p>Easwaran's innings was laced with 12 boundaries in 114 balls while Tiwary hit four boundaries and two sixes in 76 deliveries. <p></p> <p></p>Bengal lost six wickets for 51 runs from a relatively comfortable 242 for 3 as they failed to cross the 300-run mark. <p></p> <p></p>However Maharashtra made a short work of the chase as Tripathi hit 12 boundaries and four sixes in his 125 off 102 balls as Maharashtra reached the target in 46th over. <p></p> <p></p>Maharashtra did not have any trouble with the opening duo of Ruturaj Gaikwad (77 from 70 balls; 9x4, 1x6) and Vijay Zol (24) giving them a solid but cautious start. <p></p> <p></p>The duo put on 65 runs in 13.3 overs before Tripathi took charge of the chase and sealed the issue in an unbroken 107- run partnership with Ankit Bawne (22). <p></p> <p></p>Brief Scores: At Nadaun: Bengal 293/9; 50 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 103, Manoj Tiwary 80 not out; Anupam Sanklecha 2/39, Shrikant Mundhe 2/84) lost to Maharashtra 294/3; 45.5 overs (Rahul Tripathi 125 not out, Ruturaj Gaikwad 77) by seven wickets.