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Punjab fails to make it to Ranji Trophy quarterfinals after defeat by Bengal



The Bengal team celebrating after the match. Image by the Tribune

The Punjab team was defeated by 48 runs in their Group A encounter with the Bengal team to enter the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy.

Chasing a target of 190 runs, Punjab made a mess of their run chase and got bowled out for 141. The spinners dominated the game with Bengal left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed picking up four wickets in the second innings to take his match haul to 11.

Resuming Day 3 at 199/9, Bengal scored only three more runs to set Punjab a 190-run target. It turned out to be enough in a low-scoring game with Punjab getting bowled out in 47. 3 overs. Ramandeep Singh (69* off 104) ran out of partners in the end. Bengal gained six points from the win. This pushed them on the top of the standings.

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