On the fourth and final day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group B encounter at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday, Bengal’s strong bowling attack stole the show, dismissing Hyderabad for 166 and securing a magnificent 72-run victory.
Shahbaz Ahmed’s all-round performance ensured a stellar performance for Bengal against Hyderabad
The left-arm spin bowling all-rounder backed up his gutsy second-innings 51 with superb numbers of 16-5-41-3, fresh after authoring Bengal’s amazing turnaround against Baroda in the last group B match.
Hyderabad, who was 16 for three overnight in their pursuit of 239, was reduced to 166 in just two sessions thanks to pacer Akash Deep (13.2-2-41-4).
Bengal — 1st innings: 242
Hyderabad — 1st innings: 205
Bengal — 2nd innings: 201
Hyderabad — 2nd innings: Tanmay Agarwal lbw b Mukesh 0, Akshath Reddy b Akash 0, Mickil Jaiswal c Mandal b Ishan 5, Tilak Varma c (sub) Pramanik b Akash 90, Himalay Agarwal b Akash 0, Prateek Reddy b Shahbaz 19, Buddhi Rahul c Abishek b Akash 17, Ravi Teja c Tiwary b Shahbaz 23, Tanay Thyagarajan b Shahbaz 0, Rakshann Readdi lbw b Mukesh 6, B. Punnaiah (not out) 0, Extras (lb-5, w-1) 6, Total (in 61.2 overs) 166
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-5, 3-16, 4-16, 5-58, 6-85, 7-134, 8-134, 9-161
Bengal bowling: Mukesh 19-6-49-2, Ishan 12-6-20-1, Akash 13.2-2-41-4, Shahbaz 16-5-41-3, Tiwary 1-0-10-0