AAMIR GANI burnished his eyes in disbelief. He couldn’t trust what had only transpired in front of him. The Bengal off-spinner was in his third over when he got Jharkhand captain MS Dhoni to hole one to a low long-on segment where Ashok Dinda forsaken an comprehensive sitter. The round trickled onto a ropes, and with that shot, Dhoni changed into double total and looked staid to cut loose. Jharkhand, chasing Bengal’s 329 to secure a symbol in a final of a Vijay Hazare Trophy, indispensable their whitchcraft to see them through. The all-too-familiar chants of ‘Dhoni Dhoni’ had resounded around a Ferozshah Kotla. And Dinda’s forsaken locate got a meagre throng behind on their feet. All they wanted was to see their idol bat in their possess backyard. On a stormy Saturday afternoon, their wish had come true.
The former Indian captain preoccupied a meagre throng with a standard innings — one that was punctuated with some peppery hits, and joined by a sincerely commonsensical approach. His 62-ball 70 contained 4 sixes, and as prolonged as he was in a middle, Jharkhand sensed hope. His temperate exit in a 44th over, derailed his side’s chase, and with it finished their dreams of laying their hands on a Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Having perceived a life early in a innings, Dhoni got into a groove, clubbing Gani for dual outrageous sixes to kick-start their chase. However, after a rather composed start upfront, it was his 97-run fondness for a fifth wicket with immature Ishank Jaggi that kept his side in a hunt. The twin scored with a grade of flair, matched any other shot for shot, and were also heartless opposite Bengal’s spinners. Even after their captain’s exit, Jharkhand still harboured hopes with a participation of an in-form Jaggi.
The 28-year-old, with a IPL contract, and an considerable method of scores, has been one of his side’s stellar batting mainstays for his side in this tournament. However, Jaggi’s depart for 59, and entrance after only 7 deliveries after his captain exit, hermetic Jharkhand’s hopes for good.
The substructure of Bengal’s considerable total in a morning event was laid down by centuries from both their openers — Abhimanyu Eashwaran and Shreevats Goswami. Against Jharkhand’s one-dimensional bowling attack, a openers peeled off 198 runs in 34 overs.
Goswami’s depart for 101 pegged behind Bengal’s scoring, as Eashwaran unsuccessful to adult a ante as he too was coming a three-figure mark.
The innings finally got a much-needed facelift, interjection to a shining cameo in a finish by Bengal’s captain Manoj Tiwary. His dominant 75 came off only 49 deliveries, and he fake useful stands with Sudip Chatterjee and Agniv Pan to propel Bengal’s total to 329.
Brief Scores: Bengal 329/4 in 50 overs. (Shreevats Goswami 101, Abhimanyu Eashwaran 101, Manoj Tiwary 75; Monu Kumar 1/40) degraded Jharkhand 288 (MS Dhoni 70, we Jaggi 59, Pragyan Ojha 5/71) by 41 runs.
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