Haryana manage three points despite fiery spell by Dinda

Rohtak: India discard Ashok Dinda had career best figures of seven for 44 but his fiery spell couldn`t prevent Haryana from walking away with three points in an Elite Group match of the Ranji Trophy at the Bansi Lal Stadium on Friday.

Haryana now have eight points from four matches while Bengal are on five points from three matches and are languishing at the bottom of the group league table.

Dinda produced a career-best match figures of 12/142 -- his maiden 10-wicket haul in a first class match.

The 27-year-old bowled with lot of pace as Haryana were shot out for 169 in their second essay leaving Bengal to score 189 runs in 37 overs which included 15 mandatory overs. The visitors finally managed 128 for five in 28 overs before they called off chase.

The target was certainly a difficult one but Rohan Banerjee (43, 4x4) and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (23, 2x4) added 55 runs for the second wicket in quick time giving it a sincere try.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly (21, 22 balls,1x4, 1x6) also tried his bit but was dismissed by Ashish Hooda caught by Priyank Tehlan. Once Ganguly was gone, Bengal never went for the chase. India`s reserve wicketkeeper Wrddhiman Saha again failed to get going as he could manage another painstaking 26 off 40 deliveries when the situation demanded a bit more positive approach.

The day however belonged to Dinda after Ranadeb Bose squared up Sunny Singh (27) with a perfect outswinger as it clipped the off-bail. The ball pitched on middle and moved a shade to disturb the furniture.

Dinda then got into the act as he bowled fast and hit the deck hard. Abhimanyu Khode (1) was trapped leg before while Nitin Saini (44) edged one to Writam Porel at slips. Haryana captain Amit Mishra (0) tried an ugly heave off Iresh Saxena only to be stumped by Wriddhiman Saha as Haryana were reeling at 94 for five.

Sachin Rana (20) and Priyank Tehlan (40) provided dogged resistance as they added 41 runs for the sixth wicket but more importantly consumed close to 18 overs.

Rana was finally trapped leg before and he became Dinda`s fourth victim in the match. Tehlan tried to give Dinda the charge and was caught by Ganguly at mid-on to give the bowler his second five-for of the match. Yuzvendra Chahal (4) was snapped by Saha off Dinda while Iresh Saxena disposed off Ashish Hooda.

Dinda finally got his seventh victim when he shattered Harshal Patel`s stumps to raise visions of what could have been a fantastic win.

Bengal will however take heart from Dinda`s bowling performance considering the fact bowlers haven`t done well for Bengal till this match.

Brief scores: Haryana 358 & 169 all out (Nitin Saini 44, Priyank Tehlan 40, Ashok Dinda 7/44).

Bengal 339 & 128/5 (Rohan Banerjee 43, Ashish Hooda 3/40).


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