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Cricket news - Saha century powers Bengal to massive win; Vijay's 77 in vain

Murali Vijay struck 10 fours and a six against Himachal Pradesh

Batting performers

Wriddhiman Saha's 62-ball 129 helped Bengal register a massive 107-run win over Arunachal Pradesh and blitz to the second position on the Group D points table. The 'keeper-batsman struck 16 fours and 4 sixes in his knock to take the side to 234 for 6. In reply, Kshitiz Sharma stroked an unbeaten half-century but Arunachal could manage only 127, two runs less than Saha's solo effort.

Rahul Tripathi's 28-ball 51* helped Maharashtra chase down the 90-run target with 10 wickets in hand against Uttarakhand and record their fourth win of the tournament. However, the platform was laid courtesy Satyajeet Bacchav's four-fer that bundled out the opposition for 89, with only Rajat Bhatia (25), Vaibhav Singh (25) and Vijay Sharma (22*) managing double-digit scores.

Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun starred with the bat as they put on an unbeaten 53-run stand in only 2.5 overs for the eighth wicket to help Karnataka register a three-wicket win over Chhattisgarh. Harpreet Singh's 56-ball 79 had helped Chhattisgarh to 171 for 3 and a brace each by Vishal Kushwah, Aishwarya Mourya and Shubham Singh had reduced Karnataka to 122 for 6 in the 17th over before Vinay and Mithun turned around the tide to guide their side to their fifth successive win.

Shalabh Shrivastava lead the way with a 43-ball 56 as Vidarbha continued their winning run, registering a comfortable 32-run win over Meghalaya. Vidarbha posted 161 for 6 after being put into bat, a total that Meghalaya struggled to keep up with. It was only a 37-ball 56* from Gurinder Singh that propelled them to 129 but it proved too little to give Vidarbha a scare.

Ishan Kishan continued his good form and stroked another half-century (39-ball 52) as Jharkhand beat Nagaland by 54 runs. However, it was Kumar Deobrat's 32-ball 69* which was most instrumental in Jharkhand posting 197 for 3, a total that stayed away from the opposition for most parts of the chase. Nagaland top order came up with handy contributions but were too slow to keep up with the required rate and managed to reach only 143 for 3, keeping them at the bottom of the Group A pile.

Priyank Panchal's 46-ball 78 paved way for Gujarat's 83-run win over Bihar and helped them reach the top spot in the Group B points table. Electing to bat, Gujarat posted 199 for 4, a total that remained way past Bihar's reach after their top order collapse. Arzan Nagwaswalla put in yet another impressive display with the ball as he picked up a four-fer and restricted Bihar to 116 for 7 in the chase.

Samarth Singh (70) and Rinku Singh (56*) starred in Uttar Pradesh's one-run win over Services to move atop Group A points table. In what was a disappointing display of batting otherwise by Uttar Pradesh's top order, Samarth and Rinku put on 89 runs for the fifth wicket to take the side to 138 for 5. Services, despite a steady start floundered in the chase towards the end.

Unmukt Chand (35-ball 70) shined in Delhi's 32-run win over Andhra, one that has helped remain at the second spot on the Group A points table. Having posted 175 for 8, Delhi bowlers kept picking wickets at regular intervals to keep Andhra behind in the chase. Ishant Sharma struck twice early while Subodh Bhati finished with a four-fer to bundle out Andhra for 143.

Kedar Devdhar's 51 helped Baroda struggle past Puducherry's challenge and register their third win of the tournament. Electing to bat, Puducherry managed only 126 for 5, courtesy Paras Dogra's 30-ball 41. However, despite a low total, Baroda's batsmen struggled yet again, losing six wickets and were left with only two balls to spare as they overcame the total.

Guntashveer Singh's century (54-ball 100*) laid the base for Haryana's 39-run win over Mizoram. His knock powered Haryana to 205 for 2 but Mizoram took the fight on, courtesy half-centuries from Taruwar Kohli (63) and Akhil Rajput (59). However, despite a good start to the chase, they fell short.

Shubhman Gill's 40-ball 70 powered Punjab to their first win of the season as they chased down the 91-run target with nine wickets in hand. Earlier in the day, a collective bowling performance had restricted Sikkim to 90 for 8 before Punjab chased down the total in less than 11 overs.

Bowling 'em to victory

Ashish Yadav's four-fer helped Railways stun Mumbai and continue their winning run in the tournament. Led by Pratham Singh's 60-ball 89, Railways posted 175 for 5. Mumbai suffered a batting collapse and were bundled out for 118 to lose their first match of the tournament.

Led by Chama Milind's three-fer, and a brace each by Mohammed Siraj, Mehdi Hasan and T Ravi teja, Tripura were restricted to 79 for 9 in 17 overs, a total that laid the platform for Hyderabad's 8-wicket win in the rain-hit encounter. Hyderabad were steady in the 80 run-chase, overcoming the target in 13 overs to bag their first win of the tournament.

Pappu Roy's four-fer helped Odisha secure a seven-wicket win over Assam. Put in to bat, Assam were restricted to 142 for 9, a target that was chased down with 4.1 overs to spare. Anurag Sarangi (43*) and Biplab Samantaray (49) led the chase with an 80-run partnership for the third wicket. With this win, Odisha have come level on points with Assam with three victories in five matches.

All-round stars

Vinoop Manoharan backed up his half-century with a brace as Kerala recorded a 94-run win over Jammu and Kashmir to move to the second spot on the Group A points table. Vinoop stroked a 42-ball 52 as Kerala posted 159 for 7. However, a fine bowling performance, led by S Midhun's three-fer bundled out Jammu and Kashmir for 65. Jatin Wadhwan (24) and Irfan Pathan (10) were the only two batsmen to register double-digit scores.

Good show but disappointing results

Murali Vijay's 58-ball 77 went in vain as Himachal Pradesh registered an easy seven wicket-win. Chasing 139, Prashant Chopra stroked a 53-ball 68* to lead Himachal's charge, well supported by Ekant Sen (35) and Rishi Dhawan (22*). With their second defeat in four games, Tamil Nadu are tottering at fourth spot on the points table.

Amit Verma's maiden T20 century - 56-ball 109* - wasn't enough for Goa as their losing spree stretched to three matches, with Madhya Pradesh securing a four-wicket win. Verma's innings, which included five boundaries and nine sixes, took Goa to 196 for 3. However, a collective batting effort, led by Parth Sahani's 68 helped Madhya Pradesh overhaul the target with two balls to spare as they registered only their second win in five games.

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