Bengal vs Uttarakhand: Abhimanyu Easwaran shows mettle, again
Abhimanyu Easwaran continued his fine form with 82 not out in Bengal’s second innings on the final day in their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Uttarakhand in Dehradun on Friday.
The match ended in a draw. Easwaran, who hit 165 in the first innings at the ground named after him, continued from where he left and added 58 runs to his overnight score.
Sudip Kumar Gharami (72) made 48 more runs on Friday as Bengal declared their second innings at 206 for 7. Both have been in excellent nick this season.
Uttarakhand were set an improbable target of 322 and finished on 69 for no loss in 23 overs in their second innings.
Despite pocketing three points by virtue of first innings lead, Bengal are placed second in Group A with 19 points from four games.
Uttarakhand, who took home one point, are at the top of the table with 20 points from same number of matches.
In Indore, Avesh Khan produced another stellar performance with a five-wicket haul to bowl defending champions Madhya Pradesh to a 205-run win over Vidarbha.
Chasing 407, Vidarbha resumed at 13 for 1 with their hopes of pulling off an unlikely win resting on the shoulders of skipper Faiz Fazal. He made 65 (193 balls, 8 fours) but it was not enough to prevent Vidarbha from going down.
Avesh had picked up 7/38 in Vidarbha’s first innings.