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Kerala win crucial Ranji Trophy play against Bengal

Kerala win crucial Ranji Trophy play against Bengal

Trivandrum, Feb 12 (UNI) Kerala stumped their prowess in the very crucial Ranji Trophy play defeating Bengal, whose batsmen put up a spirited performance before going down by 109 runs in their Elite Group B match at the St. Xavier's College Ground here on Monday.
Chasing a mammoth 449-run target, last season's runners-up didn't give up but displayed a brave batting show on the fourth and final day before being bowled out for 339 in their second innings.
Making a return to the team, all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed impressed with the bat, scoring a fighting 80 off 100 balls. Abhimanyu Easwaran (65), Karan Lal (40), and skipper Manoj Tiwary (35) also stepped up, but the target was too tall a task for the visitors.
For Kerala, Jalaj Saxena (4-104) was once again superb with the ball, bagging a brilliant 13-wicket haul in the match after his first-innings display of 9 for 68.
Earlier, Bengal managed to post 180 in their first innings, in reply to Kerala's total of 363.
While Kerala, in their second innings, scored 265/6 declared. to hand a massive target to the visitors, Bengal, currently with 12 points from 6 games,having won one and lost two, will next take on Bihar at home in their final match of the campaign starting on Friday.
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