East Zone T20: Bengal registers third straight win

Chasing Bengal's 146, Odisha slipped to 39 for five in the eighth over. It laboured to 121 as Sayan Ghosh picked up three wickets to help his team to a 24-run victory.

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Sayan Ghosh's second consecutive three-wicket haul helped Bengal beat Odisha by 24 runs and record its third successive win in the East Zone T20 league at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.

Asked to bat first, Bengal relied on opener Shreevats Goswami's 31-ball 33 and Writtick Chatterjee's 27-ball 37 to score 145 for seven. The home pacers again stuck to their task to restrict Odisha for 121 and bolster the team's position at the top of the table.

Shreevats added some useful runs atop the batting order even as Bengal lost wickets at frequent intervals and was five down for 67 in the 12th over.

Deepak Behera's accurate bowling, which fetched him the wickets of Abhishek Raman and Manoj Tiwary, along with some fine exhibition of left-arm spin by Dhiraj Singh and Paresh Patel curbed Bengal.

Nevertheless, Writtick, who hit two fours and as many sixes, added 27 runs with Pramod Chandila (28) and 39 with Kanishk Seth (22) to guide Bengal to a 140-plus total.

Odisha had a disastrous start as opener Devendra Kunwar fell to Ashok Dinda in the very first delivery and Anurag Sarangi was run out three balls later. Odisha was soon reduced to 39 for five in the eighth over.

Subhanshu Senapati (41 off 45) and Abhishek Yadav (23 off 18) gave the side some hope by gathering 32 runs. But Pragyan Ojha had Senapati caught by Pankaj Shaw and Writtick scalped Abhishek to dent Odisha's progress.

Sayan took the key wicket of Biplab Samantray apart from two defiant tail-enders, Suryakant Pradhan (14) and Basant Mohanty (19), to remove all roadblocks.

Pratim Das' five-for-nine enabled Assam to bundle out Tripura for 85 runs. Assam achieved its second win losing three wickets and with a lot of overs to spare.

The results:

Bengal 145 for seven in 20 overs (Writtick Chatterjee 37, Shreevats Goswami 33, Pramod Chandila 28, Deepak Behera two for 16, Paresh Patel two for 18) bt Odisha 121 in 18.4 overs (Subhanshu Senapati 41, Sayan Ghosh three for 25, Pragyan Ojha two for 29).

Tripura 85 in 16.5 overs (Manisankar Murasingh 32, Pritam Das five for nine, Abu Nechim Ahmed two for 10) lost to Assam 86 for three in 12.1 overs (Sibsankar Roy 35 not out, Manisankar Murasingh two for 39).

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