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Bengal T20 Challenge: Sandipan Das, Ramesh Prasad Power Tapan Memorial to Win over East Bengal

An all-round show by Tapan Memorial saw them beat East Bengal by six wickets in the Bengal T20 Challenge at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.

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  • Updated: November 26, 2020, 9:16 AM IST
Bengal T20 Challenge: Sandipan Das, Ramesh Prasad Power Tapan Memorial to Win over East Bengal

An all-round show by Tapan Memorial saw them beat East Bengal by six wickets in the Bengal T20 Challenge at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.

East Bengal won the toss and elected to bat, a move which backfired as they were restricted to 118 for nine wickets. In reply, Tapan romped home to 119 for four wickets with 23 balls to spare.

When Tapan came out to bat chasing a small total, EB triggered a mini collapse with Mukesh Kumar firing on all cylinders. At 35 for three, Sandipan Das and Shahbaz Ahmad joined forces and changed the picture. When Das returned after an accomplished 49 off just 39 balls with four boundaries and three sixes, Tapan needed 15 for victory. Skipper Ahmad unbeaten on 32 off 22 balls (4x2, 6x1) and Kaif Ahmed not out on 9 saw their team home.

"It always feels good to beat a heavyweight team. I am very happy to win the first match and hopefully we will carry this momentum forward in the tournament," an elated Das said.

Earlier, East Bengal never really got off to a start as Tapan's Ramesh Prasad bowled with guile and imagination removing Abhijit Bhagat, Arindam Ghosh, Sayan Mandal and skipper Arnab Nandi and effectively putting and end to their resistance. The left-arm orthodox returned with figures of four wickets for 16 runs from his allotted quota.

"After long time we are playing again and it feels good to be back. I am very happy to bag 4 wickets and help my team win the first match of the tournament," Ramesh said after the match. Another EB veteran Sreevats Goswami also failed to fire.



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