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Brilliant Manoj, cool Veer Pratap take Bengal to semis

Brilliant Manoj, cool Veer Pratap take Bengal to semis
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Manoj Tiwary’s (in pic) belligerent 101-ball 130 followed by seamer Veer Pratap Singh’s six-wicket haul enabled Bengal beat a spirited Vidarbha by 17 runs and enter the semi-finals of the national one-day championship for Vijay Hazare Trophy on Thursday.

Put into bat, Bengal scored a challenging 318 for five in 50 overs with Manoj smashing his way to 130 with four boundaries and nine towering sixes. In reply, Vidarbha failed to cross the line despite twin centuries from left-handed opener Faiz Fazal (105) and India discard Subramanium Badrinath’s 100, as they managed 301 for eight in 50 overs. Young medium-pacer Veer recorded career-best figures of 6 for 51, providing his team with crucial breakthroughs at junctures when it looked like the opposition was running away with the game.

His clever change-ups and the effective slower deliveries in batting Powerplay brought Bengal back in the match after Vidarbha were in cruise mode at 211/2. Earlier, it was Manoj who carried the bulk of the responsibility on his shoulders. He did get support from the in-form left-hander Shreevats Goswami (84), who also hit nine boundaries. The duo added 142 runs for the second wicket.

BRIEFSCORES Bengal 318/5 (Manoj Tiwary 130, Shreevats Goswami 84); Vidarbha 301/8 (S Badrinath 100, Faiz Fazal 105, Veer Pratap Singh 6/51).
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