The Telegraph
Thursday , April 10 , 2014
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Bengal fail once again

Vivek Singh

Calcutta/ Mumbai: Rajasthan staged a good comeback through some incisive bowling to overcome Bengal by 14 runs in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Group B game, at the Bandra Kurla Complex ground, on Wednesday.

Put into bat, Rajasthan posted 137 for nine, riding captain Rajesh Bishnoi’s breezy 18-ball 36 and opener Ankit Lamba’s 34-ball 37. In reply, Bengal started well to be 49 for 1 in the seventh over and were scoring at a brisk pace before losing the plot and finishing at 123 for seven.

This was Bengal’s second defeat in as many matches. Unless they win both their remaining matches against Delhi and Kerala, Bengal’s exit from the championship will be confirmed.

Earlier, Rajasthan lost opener Surya Prakash Suwalka who was bowled in the third over, but coming in at No.3, Divya Pratap Singh (30) and Lamba forged a 59-run stand to provide the team a good foundation.

Rajasthan had lost four wickets in five balls and were reeling at 69 for 5 after Bengal skipper Sourashish Lahiri bagged three wickets in four balls by dismissing Lamba, Puneet Yadav and Naresh Gehlot. But the off-spinner went for 20 runs in his next over.

Sourashish couldn’t hide his frustration at having missed a golden opportunity to win.

“Lack of application has got to do with this sloppy show.

“When Vivek batted, it seemed we would run away with the game. But soon after his departure, we lost wickets in a heap and just couldn’t recover. In fact, it all became a mess thereafter,” said Sourashish.