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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 07 March 2014 - 06:08pm IST

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.