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.
Following Majumdar’s dismissal, lbw off Varun Choudhary in 34th over, Kaif (75, 53b, 11×4, 2×6) showcased his fine array of strokes on…