Kolkata: East Bengal continued its domination over arch rivals Mohun Bagan in CAB 1st Division League. Riding on a fine performance by left arm pacer Sourav Mondal, East Bengal comprehensively beat Mohun Bagan by a huge margin of 146 runs at the JU campus ground in Salt Lake today. Mondal returned with a spell of 16-2-72-6.
Chasing a target of 391 runs to win, Mohun Bagan were comfortably placed at 166/3 overnight with opener Joyjit Basu batting on 101*. But the Bagan opener did managed to add only 8 runs to his score before getting run out with the score on 175 runs in 49.1 overs. Anustup Majumder played his part, remaining not out on 42 runs as wickets fell at the other end. Mohun Bagan managed to score 244 runs in 74 overs, thereby handing East Bengal a massive 146 runs win.
East Bengal will now face Town Club in the final on May 26-28 at the Eden Gardens. Town Club beat Bhawanipore Club by just 1 wicket in a nail biting encounter. Town’s Debapriya Ghosh remained 104 not out from 157 deliveries to help his side to win the match against Bhawanipore.
The wrecker in chief for East Bengal, Sourav Mondal dedicated the win to Ankit Keshri who lost his life after colliding with Sourav while playing for East Bengal in a knock out match at the same ground on April 17 last year.
“I would like to dedicate my performance to Ankit,” said Sourav.
Talking about his performance Sourav said, “I have taken 39 wickets so far in both league and senior knock out matches. But I am still not considered for the senior Bengal team. The biggest disappointment for me my performance has gone unnoticed.”
Selector Madan Ghosh was the only representative from the selection committee present at the ground.
Winning captain Arnab Nandy stressed on the team-spirit.
“We played as a team and that has been the secret of our success this season. But we still have one more match to go in the final. We have put the celebrations on hold as we would like to celebrate after winning the Fed Cup.”
Man of the match B Amit said, “I played for Mohun Bagan for last two seasons. I am happy to have contributed to my side. Subhojit da told me to keep cool. Bowlers performed well under this tough condition.”
Meanwhile there was no power since morning at the JU Campus. Players from both the teams were seen taking rest under the shade of the trees. Neither there was any ambulance at the ground.
According to Tournament Committee chairman Subrata Sarkar, “It was not in our hands. We did made arrangements for generator but it did not arrive on time.”