Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Saha, Goswami give Bengal a thumping win

Wriddhiman Saha and Shreevats Goswami scored fine unbeaten half-centuries as Bengal outsmarted Assam by 10 wickets to record its second consecutive win in the East Zone T20 league at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.

Saha, promoted up the order, hit the bowlers all around the park as hit 11 fours and a six off off-spinner Purkayastha in his 45-ball 74.   -  ap

Wriddhiman Saha and Shreevats Goswami scored fine unbeaten half-centuries as Bengal outsmarted Assam by 10 wickets to record its second consecutive win in the East Zone T20 league, at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.

Opting to bat, Assam overcame a shaky start to bank on K. B. Arun Karthick's unbeaten 47-ball 76 and post 146 for nine. Bengal openers toyed with Assam bowling to achieve the target with four overs to spare.

Assam struggled to negotiate the Bengal pacers and lost five wickets for 71 by the 11th over. However, Karthick performed the dual duty of anchoring the Assam innings as well as accelerating in the time of need. His partnerships worth 34 and 45 runs with Sarupam Purkayastha and Syed Mohammed respectively helped his side reach a respectable total. This was Karthick's highest score, studded with five fours and as many sixes, in the shortest format.

Sayan Ghosh again came good with his accurate bowling and achieved his career best figures of three for 30.

In reply, Saha, promoted up the order, and Goswami gave a power-packed performance to make a mockery of the target. Saha, who played shots all around the park and hit 11 fours and a six off off-spinner Purkayastha between long-on and midwicket, consumed 45 balls for his 74.

While Goswami, who also got to his best score containing 10 boundaries on both sides, took 52 deliveries to gather 71 in the start-to-finish 150-run stand.

In another match, Tripura gave a fine batting display to stun Jharkhand by 24 runs. Asked to bat, Tripura relied on Udiyan Bose's breathtaking 38-ball 74, dotted with four fours and six sixes, and Bunty Roy's six-ball 18, off three sixes, to amass 192.

Jharkhand bowlers paid the price for their lack of discipline as they conceded 32 extras, including 21 wides.

Despite opener Sheesham Rathour's unbeaten 70 and captain Saurabh Tiwary's 19-ball 37, Jharkhand faltered in the run chase.

The scores:

Assam 146 for nine in 20 overs (K.B. Arun Karthick 76 not out, Sayan Ghosh three for 30) lost to Bengal 150 for no loss in 16 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 74 not out, Shreevats Goswami 71 not out).

Tripura 192 in 19.5 overs (Udiyan Bose 74, Pratyush Singh two for one, Monu Kumar two for 29, Varun Aaron two for 39, Prakash Seet two for 52) bt Jharkhand 168 for six in 20 overs (Shasheem Rathour 70 not out, Saurabh Tiwary 37, Joydeep Bhattacharjee two for 40).