Young Kaif Ahmed and captain Anustup Majumdar scored excellent half-centuries as Bengal outplayed Services by 70 runs in its opening Group E match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

Put in to bat, Bengal registered 315 for six on a batsman-friendly track. In reply, Services managed 245 for nine.

Openers Shreevats Goswami (28, 55b, 4×4) and Vivek Singh (39, 47b, 6×4) gathered 71 runs to give the host a solid start.

Majumdar (58, 61b, 6×4, 1×6), who played some delectable shots on the onside, and Abhimanyu Easwaran (39, 49b, 3×4), who returned after warming the bench in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, rotated the strike well to collect 92 runs.



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