Ranji Trophy: Vidarbha strolls to 10-wicket win over Bengal

Bengal narrowly avoided innings defeat on the final day courtesy of half-centuries from Wriddhiman Saha and Sudip Chatterjee.

Wriddhiman Saha scored 97 in Bengal’s second innings on Day Four at Kalyani.   -  PTI

Vidarbha on Sunday clinically secured a 10–wicket win over Bengal to gather seven points and strengthen its position atop Group D of the Ranji Trophy.

On the concluding day of the match at the Bengal Cricket Association (BCA) ground here, Vidarbha restricted Bengal to 306 and achieved the target of 14 runs without any loss for its third outright victory the season.

Scorecard

When Bengal resumed its second innings at 86 for three after following on, it had the difficult task of avoiding an innings defeat. It banked on half-centuries by Wriddhiman Saha (97, 116b, 13x4, 2x6) and Sudip Chatterjee (82, 220b, 12x4) to sidestep the humiliation of an innings defeat, but could not avert a big loss.

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Following the departure of its skipper Manoj Tiwary, overnight unbeaten batsman Sudip joined hands with Saha to forge a 148-run partnership for the fifth wicket. However, Saha's run-out ended Bengal's resistance as the next four wickets fell for 65 runs.

Sudip was lbw off Aditya Sarvate's bowling.

Pacer Lalit Yadav, who had claimed three wickets the previous day, added one more to return figures of four for 54.

Brief Scores:

Vidarbha 499 and 18 for 0 beat Bengal 207 and 306 (Saha 97, Chatterjee 82; Yadav 4 for 54, Sarvate 3 for 59) by 10 wickets.

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