A whirlwind half-century by Govinda Poddar and Suryakant Pradhan's four-wicket haul helped Odisha notch a resounding win. © Wisden India

A whirlwind half-century by Govinda Poddar and Suryakant Pradhan’s four-wicket haul helped Odisha notch a resounding win. © Wisden India

A resounding 72-run win over Tripura catapulted Odisha to the top of the points table in the East Zone leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy all-India Twenty20 tournament on Friday (January 12). 

Meanwhile, Bengal secured a six-wicket victory over Jharkhand, with Sreevats Goswami and Vivek Singh scoring brisk half-centuries.

Tripura v Odisha in Ranchi

A whirlwind half-century by Govinda Poddar, backed up a four-wicket haul by Suryakant Pradhan, helped Odisha romp home to a 72-run win over Tripura at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

Poddar cracked 55 in just 28 deliveries to take his side to a 179 for 6 in their 20 overs before the bowlers, led by Suryakant, bundled out Tripura for 107 in 17.2 overs. This was Odisha’s second win in three games following their 51-run win over Assam on Wednesday. 

The writing was on the wall just 15 balls into the Tripura chase with Suryakant wrecking the top-order. The pacer accounted for Smit Patel (0), the wicketkeeper-batsman, with the third ball of the first over and then had Yashpal Singh (0), caught behind off the fifth to reduce Tripura to 0 for 2. That soon became 11 for 3 when Udiyan Bose returned a catch to Suryakant for 11. 

Manisankar Murasingh (23), the skipper, and Gurinder Singh (36) added some sense of respectability to the Tripura score, but with eight of the batsman not even managing to cross double digits, it was always going to be a hard grind.

Suryakant returned with figures of 4 for 24 in 3.2 overs. 

Earlier, opting to bat first Rajesh Dhuper and Anurag Sarangi, the openers, got Odisha off to a quick start adding 53 runs for the opening wicket before the latter was snared by Abhijit Chakraborty lbw for 18. Dhuper having smacked six fours in his 34-ball 42, soon followed suit run-out with the score on 73 for 2 after ten overs.

Subhransu Senapati and Poddar, however, ensured that no momentum was lost as they forged a 67-run partnership for the fourth wicket in just 6.1 overs. Poddar was the aggressor of the two, smoking four fours and four sixes during the course of his knock, while Senapati played a sedate yet important hand scoring 30 in 24 deliveries with two fours and a six.

Jharkhand v Bengal in Ranchi

After restricting Jharkhand to 177 for 9, the opening pair of Goswami and Vivek put on an entertaining 130-run stand in just 13 overs.

Kaushal Singh, the right-arm seamer, then removed both batsmen in the next over to give Jharkhand an opening. Vivek fell first for 63, which consisted of three fours and five sixes, and Goswami was stumped three deliveries later for a 41-ball 58, including five fours and two sixes.

Two overs later, Shahbaz Nadeem had Manoj Tiwary, the captain, caught behind, but Sudip Chatterjee’s brisk 26 ensured Bengal got over the line with four balls to spare.

Earlier, Kanishk Seth removed Virat Singh cheaply, but Ishan Kishan and Ishank Jaggi steadied Jharkhand with an 118-run stand.

Tiwary played a key role with his leg-breaks, removing Jaggi for a 39-ball 72. Thereafter, Jharkhand’s innings quickly unraveled and the run-rate suffered.

Tiwary finished with 2 for 27 in four overs, while Seth returned 1 for 26 in his quota.