Kolkata: A brilliant spell of bowling from Shami Ahmed and some sensible batting saw Bengal beat Hyderabad by four wickets in a Group A Ranji Trophy match being played at Eden Gardens.
Shami Ahmed followed his good work in the first innings and picked up six wickets in the second innings to stop Hyderabad at 181.
Needing 181 runs to win Bengal got off to a descent start as Rohan Banerjee and Arindam Das added 32 runs for the first wicket. Banerjee continued after losing his opening partner, Bengal lost three quick wickets from the other end and some respite came for them in the form of Wriddhiman Saha.
Together Saha (52*) and Banerjee (56) took Bengal closer to the target. The home team did have some nervous moments in the end but reached the target eventually.
Hyderabad 115 (Shami 4-36) and 181 (Akshath Reddy 49, Ashish Reddy 42, Shami 6-71)
Bengal 116 (A Das 73, Anwar 5-44, Ashish Reddy 5-51) and 183 for 6 (Banerjee 56, Saha 52*)
By Indian Sports News Network
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