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Bengal bowlers toil hard but Haroon stands tall

Bengal bowlers toil hard but Haroon stands tall
Set a stiff target of 337 from 76 overs after Bengal declared their second innings for 264/5, Jammu & Kashmir made merry on an eased out Eden Gardens strip with Haroon standing tall with an unbeaten 103 that had nine boundaries and a six.

Haroon made full use of a reprieve on 20 as he put on a 103 opening partnership with Adil Reshi (58; 7x4) before their premier batsman Ian Dev Singh Chauhan came up with an unbeaten 56 to secure one point. With 11 points from six games, Jammu and Kashmir still have an outside chance while Bengal with 10 points from five games are in the sixth spot, improving from their last position before this round. Having opted for a three pronged spin attack anticipating a turner, Bengal were severly let down by the strip which neither offered any turn nor bounce as the hosts had to settle for three points on basis of their first innings lead.

The Bengal attack save sporadic bursts from the erratic Ashok Dinda has been below par as they have failed to polish off tail after getting rid of top order. At times they have not been able to get 10 wickets after taking 200 plus lead which would severely dent their quarterfinal hopes.

Disappointed with the way the surface behaved, Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla said: “It was a good wicket, as far as batting was concerned. I did not see a single ball turning from the 70-odd overs we bowled. Yes it’s the bowler’s job to get the turn but at the same time you expect some help from the pitch. We did not get an iota of support from the pitch but no regrets. There was no help from the wicket so it was a brave decision to set them a target of 336 from 76 overs.”

BRIEFSCORES Bengal 387 all out
; J&K 315 all out; Bengal 2nd innings 264/5 declared;  J&K 2nd innings 219/2 (I Haroon 102).
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