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Roundup: Inter-State One-Day League, Day 8

Bengal, Jharkhand qualify for knockouts

On the last day of the league phase of the Inter-State One-Day League, Bengal beat Assam in a thrilling encounter, while Jharkhand defeated Odisha to qualify for the knockout phase for the Vijay Hazare Trophy beginning next week. Here is the roundup for the day:

East Zone

Assam vs Bengal:
In a battle for a place in the knockouts, Bengal pulled off a 12-run win in a closely-fought game after posting 321 runs on the board. Assam's SA Roy was stranded on 101, while his team was bowled out for 309 with three balls to spare. Other than PM Aziz's 67, the rest of the batsmen succumbed to the Bengal bowlers without offering much resistance. Veerpratap Singh claimed three wickets, while S Lahiri picked two and the rest of the attack chipped in with a wicket each. Earlier, after opting to field first, Assam sent two Bengal batsmen back to the pavilion by the seventh over and left the opposition reeling on 32 for two. However, Shreevats Goswami and Manoj Tiwary resuscitated the innings with a 144-run stand for the third wicket. Goswami's (87) run out ended the partnership, but L Shukla who replaced him carried the innings forward. Six over later, Tiwary was castled by J Syed Mohammed for 90. Both middle-order batsmen missed out on well-deserved centuries. Shukla remained unbeaten on 78 as Bengal posted 321 for six.

Jharkhand vs Odisha:
Table toppers of their zone, Jharkhand sailed to a six-wicket win while chasing 217 against Odisha. I Jaggi's 117-ball 125 carried his team to an empathic win on the last day of the league phase. Earlier, electing to bat first, Odisha were left tottering on 18 for four by RA Shukla and Vikash Singh. But AR Sarangi and GB Podder joined forces to rebuild the innings and took their team to 173 before Shukla struck again. The bowler, who finished with three wickets to his credit, sent back Sarangi for 80. Podder rallied on and was unbeaten on 80 as he helped his team to 216 for eight at the end of their quota of overs.

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Roundup: Inter-State One-Day League, Day 7

Services, Haryana, Punjab claim victories

After Rajat Paliwal set up the match in Services’ favour with an unbeaten century, a collective effort from the bowlers helped his team overcome DDCA. In another North Zone encounter, Prashant Chopra’s century went in vain as Himachal suffered a loss against Punjab. Meanwhile, bowlers starred in Haryana’s victory over J&K. Here is the roundup for the day:

North Zone

DDCA vs SSCB: Services cantered to a 44-run win against DDCA in Delhi. S C Yadav, Diwesh Pathania, A S Sakuja and AR Singh claimed two wickets apiece, while Shadab Nazar chipped in with one wicket to bowl Delhi out for 213 in 48.2 overs. JS Anand resisted with an 82-ball 69, while the rest of the line-up caved in to the Services attack. Earlier, after being asked to bat first, SSCB were reduced to 36 for three by Sumit Narwak and Vikas Tokas. However, Rajat Paliwal rescued the Services innings with an unbeaten 105 and took the team to 257 for five. He was ably supported by captain Yashpal Singh, who made 75 off 97 balls.

Haryana vs J&K: Bowlers claimed a 44-run victory for Haryana against J&K. Defending 152, J Sharma and Harshal Patel sent back the top four batsmen, to leave J&K on 40 for four. Y Chahal then claimed three, while K Hooda and Rahul Dewan picked one wicket each to bowl J&K out for 108. Earlier, Haryana scored 152 for five after being inserted to bat first in a match that was reduced to 20 overs a side. Rahul Dewan (45) and Nitin Saini (42*) were the top scores for their team in this North Zone match.

Himachal vs Punjab: Chasing 248, Punjab scampered to a two-wicket win against Himachal. Although they lost their top four batsmen for low scores, Gurkeerat Singh and H A Chawala's determined efforts helped rescue the innings. Gurkeerat scored 83, while HA Chawala made a valuable 64-run contribution. GH Khera (14*) then held up one end to take his team across the line with 12 balls to spare. Earlier, Himachal were left reeling on five for the loss of two wickets in two overs after opting to bat first against. Sandeep Sharma and S Kaul sent back Ankush Bains and Paras Dogra for ducks to get Punjab off to a good start. But Prashant Chopra and N Gangta joined forces to revive the innings and took their team to 109 before the latter was removed by Yuvraj Singh. Gangta returned for 63, but Chopra (109*) rallied on to take his team to 247.