Bengal tightened their grip for a knockout slot in Ranji Trophy after dramatic 2-wicket triumph over Rajasthan
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Bengal tightened their grip for a knockout slot in Ranji Trophy after dramatic 2-wicket triumph over Rajasthan

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Kolkata, Feb 7: Tailender Shahbaz Ahmed's unbeaten 61 powered Bengal to a dramatic 2 wickets triumph over strong Rajasthan and keep the visiting side in the hunt for a qualifying stage in the Ranji Trophy at end of 8th Round Group A & B at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday.

With this surprised win after trailing much behind in the first innings, Bengal bagged six points and are now placed at 4th with 26 points after seven matches, just one short of Andhra Pradesh in the Elite group, in which Gujarat and Saurastra already qualified for the quarter final stage.

Sent to bat Rajasthan in their home ground scored 241 in the first innings and then 201 in the second knock and Bengal 123 and 320 for loss of 8 wickets, thus won by 2 wickets with player of the match Shahbaz Ahmed.

The unbeaten 8th wicket partnership between two tailenders Ahmed and Mukesh Kumar ( 9) fetched Bengal crucial 33 runs in 5.5 over after lunch, that helped them to win match, which was ruled by Rajastan for first two days.

Shahbaz Ahemed, who is known for his left handed orthodox spin bowling, held the pitch stubbornly and played 133 ball to hit 61 not out with four boundaries and two lofty sixes. Pacers Akash Deep (22) and Arnab Nandy (20) also contributed hugely in the dramatic win.

Bengal would now face Punjab in the last play for the qualification. (UNI)

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