Recent Match Report – Bengal vs Saurashtra Final 2022/23
Saurashtra 81 for 2 (Desai 38*, Mukesh 1-23) trail Bengal 174 (Shahbaz 69, A Porel 50, Sakariya 3-33, Unadkat 3-44) by 93 runs
Unadkat then switched his angle to around the wicket, and was rewarded with Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary’s wicket – edged to gully for 7. Jani soon dismissed Anustup Majumdar caught-behind for 16, while allrounder Akash Ghatak found a short ball from Sakariya too hot to handle. At 65 for 6, Bengal and their sizeable home crowd were deflated.
The stand could have been broken had Saurashtra taken a DRS review for an lbw shout when Shahbaz was on 38. But having burned two reviews already, they were cautious. Shahbaz went on to score 69, out bat-pad to short leg while trying to nudge a Dharmendrasinh Jadeja delivery. That wicket brought in tea, and with Bengal having worked their way up to 166 for 7, there was hope that they could breach 200.
However, that wasn’t to be as Saurashtra ran through the lower order inside 15 minutes after tea. Akash Deep became Jadeja’s second victim, Porel was out for 50 to Jani, and Mukesh Kumar fell to Unadkat.
Saurashtra’s reply began with opener Harvik Desai (38*) counterattacking. He raced to 29 off 28 balls, even as his opening partner Jai Gohil fell cheaply to Akash. Vishvaraj Jadeja, the No. 3, also played positive shots to score 25 with five boundaries, before falling to Mukesh.
But those quick runs had lifted Saurashtra to 73 for 2 by then. The nightwatcher Sakariya, the pick of the Saurashtra bowlers in the morning with 3 for 33, survived nine deliveries in Desai’s company, and when bad light stopped play, the visitors left the field much happier than their counterparts, only 93 runs away from Bengal’s first-innings total.