Ranji Trophy: Ashok Dinda’s five-wicket haul helps Bengal beat Railways

first_imgBengal pacer Ashok Dinda rose to the occasion when it mattered the most as his five-wicket haul ensured a 43-run win over Railways in a Ranji Trophy Group A league encounter in Dharamsala on Sunday.Needing 119 runs on the final day with five wickets in hand to reach a victory target of 315, Railways could manage 271 in 93.2 overs largely due to Dinda’ s 5/67.Bengal are now firmly on course for a knockout berth with 15 points in their kitty with two outright wins and three points by virtue of first innings lead in a drawn match.En-route his 20th five-wicket haul in first class cricket, Dinda also completed a match haul of 10 wickets (10/112) having taken 5/45 in first innings.It was a tricky final day as Mahesh Rawat (34) and skipper Karn Sharma (54 not out) came out to bat.The score was 186 for five and the second new ball was just an over old. Using the conditions and his ability to hit the deck hard to perfection, Dinda employed a fuller length which did the trick.First to go was Rawat who got a delivery that caught him plumb in-front. Once the 54-run stand came to an end, the floodgates opened as Dinda demolished the lower half in an unchanged 6.2 over spell.While Karn chanced his arm at the other end, there was no support for him. Amit Mishra (5) edged an away going delivery to skipper Manoj Tiwary in the slips. Dipak Bansal (1) nicked one to Wriddhiman Saha.Anureet Singh (10) and Karan Thakur (1) were then cleaned up as it turned out to be a perfect match for Bengal pace trio led by Dinda. Youngsters Amit Kuila and Sayan Ghosh got five wickets apiece as the three pacers bagged all 20 wickets in the match.advertisementlast_img read more