Bengal T20 Challenge: Spinners, Vivek Singh help Mohun Bagan to enter final

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Kolkata: Mohun Bagan became the second team to enter Bengal T20 Challenge finals beating Town Club by nine wickets thanks to their spinners and Vivek Singh’s blistering unbeaten half-century on Tuesday (December 8) at Eden Gardens.

Mohun Bagan skipper Anustup Majumder said, “We have been playing really good cricket for last 4-5 matches. Vivek getting back in form, the addition of Rajkumar have been two x-factors for us. We will give our best and try to continue this momentum tomorrow in the final.”

Electing to bat first Town Club could only amass 124/9 as Bagan’s spinners made their life miserable out there while experienced campaigner Gitimoy Basu made a fighting 41 off 40 balls. Writtick Chatterjee, Sunil Kr Dalal and Rajkumar Pal picked up 2 wickets apiece and pacer Sayan Ghosh bagged 2 for 18.

While chasing Bagan started off in style with Vivek and Ankur Pal (21) stitching a 61-run opening partnership and the left-handed batter went on to make unbeaten 76 off 53 balls.

Vivek who finished the match in style with a boundary off Md Kaif said, “Our bowlers bowled really well, got wickets early and we didn’t let them make big partnerships. While chasing I knew a good start will make the match easy for the next batters and when I settled I wanted to finish the match.”

Town bowling attack looked toothless in front of Bagan batters as they could only take 1 wicket in the second semifinal match and the maidan giants finished on 127/1 to win the game with 3 overs left to play.

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