Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Odisha, Bengal clinch thrilling wins

Odisha and Bengal secured thrilling last-over victories in their respective matches in the East Zone leg matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.

Ashok Dinda turned the match on its head with his twin bursts in the penultimate over

Ashok Dinda turned the match on its head with his twin bursts in the penultimate over.   -  PTI

Tripura batsmen stumbled on the threshold to hand Bengal a five-run win in an East Zone T20 league match at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.

Set 153 for victory, Tripura handled the run chase well till 17.5 overs before committing hara-kiri. It managed 147 for eight to suffer its second defeat.

Top order batsmen, including Bishal Ghosh (24), Samrat Singha (13) and Smit Patel (41), rotated the strike to gather six runs per over for a greater part of Tripura’s innings.

>Full scorecard: Bengal v Tripura

Left-arm seamer Kanishk Seth’s discipline earned him the wicket of Samrat, thanks to Wriddhiman Saha’s diving catch after running 20 yards towards square-leg. In his final over, Seth dismissed Bishal and Udiyan Bose to return his career-best figures of three for 23.

>Full scorecard: Jharkhand v Odisha

Smit and Rajat Dey (27) batted with composure to add 54 runs in six overs.

Smit then bonded well with captain Manisankar Murasingh to steal 33 off 13 balls. With Tripura needing 29 off 18, Murasingh clobbered Pragyan Ojha for two fours, a six and a two before perishing to a leading edge. Murasingh’s departure swung the match in Bengal’s favour.

When Tripura required 11 off 12, Ashok Dinda claimed two wickets for one run and Sayan one for four to seal victory for the host.

Bengal, electing to bat, lost four wickets for 49 runs. Manoj and Pankaj Shaw showed maturity to collect 61 off 47 balls and revive the home team’s fortunes.

Debabrata Das’ 11-ball 23 cameo boosted Bengal immensely as Tripura leaked 31 in the final two overs, including 21 off Murasingh’s last.

In the morning, Abhishek Yadav’s nine-ball 26, containing two four and two sixes, helped Odisha overhaul a target of 150 set by Jharkhand and secure its second successive win. Needing 15 in the last over, Odisha achieved the winning total with one delivery to spare.

Anurag Sarangi’s 58 off 48 laid the foundation for Odisha’s chase.

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