Ranji Trophy: MP Beats Bengal By 355 Runs

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Mumbai: Skipper Manoj Tiwary and lower order batsman Pankaj Shaw cracked individual hundreds but could not save Bengal from a huge 355-run defeat against Madhya Pradesh in the five-day Ranji Trophy quarter final on Sunday.

Starting the final day on 113 for 3 and chasing an improbable victory target of 788, Bengal were kept in the fight till the extended tea session by Tiwary (124), Shaw (118) and Ashok Dinda (52) before they folded up for 432.

Lanky pacer Ishwar Pandey once again led the bowling for MP with a haul of 4 for 93 to add to his first innings tally of 4 for 45, while debutant pacer Chandrakant Sakure finished with a match haul of six wickets that included his second innings 3 for 114.

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MP, who thus recorded their second outright win over Bengal in nine outings in the tournament, now take on 40-time champions Mumbai in the five-day semi finals commencing at Cuttack on February 13.

Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 348 and 560 for 9 decl.  Bengal 121 and 432 (S Mondal 39, M Tiwary 124, P Shaw 118, A Dinda 52; I Pandey 4 for 93, C Sakure 3 for 114, J Saxena 2 for 96) by 355 runs.

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