Kochi : Bengal ended a disastrous run in the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy , losing it’s last match against Haryana by 17 runs . Nitin Saini’s unbeaten 74 and Amit Mishra’s four-wicket haul helped Haryana notch up their first victory of the tournament here today .
Though both the team are out of contention for a knockout berth and are jostling for the bottom position in the points table, it was a morale-lifting win for Haryana given the terrible run they have endured so far in the tournament.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Haryana rode on Saini’s 59-ball 74, including eight fours and a six, to post a decent total of 127/3 on board. Another notable contributor in the score was Mohit Hooda, who added 38 to the tally off 48 deliveries.
In reply, Bengal, who have won two and lost three of their previous matches, botched up the chase from the very start and managed 110/8 in their 20 overs.
Wriddhiman Saha was Bengal’s top-scorer with 32 off 29 balls.
Leg-spinner Mishra was the wrecker-in-chief for Haryana, snaring four for 30 in his four overs. Harshal Patel also chipped in with a couple of wickets.
Brief Scores:Haryana: 127/3 in 20 overs (Nitin Saini 74 not out, Mukesh Kumar 1/14).
Bengal : 110/8 in 20 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 32, Amit Mishra 4/30).