Wriddhiman Saha slammed an unbeaten 35-ball 64 as Bengal defeated Uttar Pradesh by 14 runs for their second successive win in the Super League (Group B) match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in Indore on Wednesday.
After scoring 176 for two in their stipulated 20 overs, Bengal restricted Uttar Pradesh to 162 for nine to emerge winner by 14 runs.
Praveen Kumar's valiant 31-ball 49-run effort went in vain as Bengal kept their cool to add four more points to their tally.
Praveen smashed four boundaries and two sixes, but it was Saha, who had the last laugh.
Saha hit seven fours and two sixes during his blazing knock, before Sayan Mondal, Sanjib Sanyal and Arnab Nandi bagged two wickets each to complete the task for Bengal.
Bengal had beaten Baroda on Tuesday on day one of the super league phase.
Saha was ably supported by the top-order batsmen in setting a competitive target.
Brief Scores: Bengal 172 for two in 20 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 64, Subhomoy Das 38) beat Uttar Pradesh 162 for nine in 20 overs (Praveen Kumar 49, Eklavya Dwivedi 34) by 14 runs.
Umesh Yadav bags fifer to help Vidarbha beat Odisha
A five wicket haul by India pacer Umesh Yadav helped Vidarbha beat Odisha by 73 runs in a Super League (Group A) match in here.
Playing his second match after recovering from a back injury, Umesh Yadav (5/18 in three overs) halted the Odisha runchase after a blistering half century from teammate Ravi Jangid (63) took Vidarbha to a commanding 180 for eight in 20 overs.
Odisha were bowled out for 107 in 14.3 overs.
Electing to bat, Vidarbha got off to poor start and lost three wickets inside the first five overs with 33 runs on the board.
Left-handed Jangid first stitched a 54-run partnership with skipper Shalabh Shrivastava (23) for the fourth wicket followed by 39-run stand with Urvesh Patel (17).
A late blitz from Apoorv Wankhade (26 off 10 balls) took Vidarbha to 180 for eight in their quota of 20 overs.
Pacer Basant Mohanty bagged three wickets for 30 runs while Suryakant Pradhan (2/22) accounted for two wickets.
Odisha, in reply, lost wickets at regular intervals to meekly end their pursuit with 33 balls to spare. Besides Yadav, part-time bowler Faiz Fazal got two wickets for Vidarbha.
In another match, an impressive bowling performance from Amitoze Singh helped Punjab register a comfortable nine-wicket win over Baroda in Group B.
Amitoze's figure of 3/15 helped Punjab restrict Baroda to a modest 126 which they chased down the target by losing just one wicket.
Punjab openers Ravinder Singh (69) and Mandeep Singh (46) made an easy task of the run chase reaching the target with 32 balls to spare.
Ravinder hit eight fours and two sixes in 51 deliveries before being dismissed while Mandeep remained unbeaten with seven fours in his 33-ball innings.
Pacer Murtuja Vahora (1/25) got the only wicket to have fallen in the Punjab's innings.