Bengal ahead in Group D, Goa and Himanchal tie a draw

 . Last updated on October 18, 2017, 2:03 PM
Bengal ahead in Group D, Goa and Himanchal tie a draw
Mohammad Shami dismissed five wickets to win the match against Chhattisgarh.


In the Group D Ranji match in Raipur, Bengal won the match against Chhattisgarh. The latter scored 110 runs in the first inning and in the second, they scored 259 in the second. It was the lower order wobble that created a complete slump in the team. In the last 48 runs, Chhattisgarh lost six wickets. The team lost the match by an inning and 160 runs. Even if defeated, the team witnessed a power batting from Abhimanyu Chauhan. The batsman scored 115 runs hauling the score to cross the 200-mark in the second inning. He was the prime striker in the second inning. The partnership of 71 runs with Ashutosh Singh was the major impetus for Chhattisgarh.

The inning was bolstered with a 172 runs partnership. Chhattisgarh resumed the fourth day chase at 229 runs. It lost five wickets the earlier day. The fourth day play only resumed for 12 overs as Bengal dismantled the team with the bowling prowess of Shami and Ashok Dinda. The latter strangulated Chhattisgarh in the first inning taking down 7 wickets.

In the next Group D match between Goa and Himanchal Pradesh, the teams ended as draw. In the final day, Goa scored 426 runs for 2. It was the massive partnership between Sumiran Amonkar and Swapnil Asnodkar of 299 runs that hauled the team to the decent finish. In the final day, nine Himanchal bowlers tried their hands on to slog the batting line up. But the initiative was all in vain as their spells emerged just futile against the collaborating players.

Furthermore, Goa captain Sagun Kamat too added 67 runs. Earlier in the match, Himanchal Pradesh knocked an impressive score to dominate the match. The team wreaked up 625 runs for 7 wickets in the first inning they batted. Goa, after the first inning, was still deficit of 370 runs.

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