Avi Barot, Prerak Mankad and Arpit Vasavada’s half-centuries guided Saurashtra to a commanding 149-run win over Bengal in the Elite Group E contest of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Jadavpur University ground here on Thursday.
Asked to bat, Ranji champion Saurashtra put up a formidable 324 for nine. In reply, Bengal, last season’s Ranji runner-up, was all out for 175 in 37 overs and dented its chance of making it to the next stage.
After losing two wickets for 48 runs, Saurashtra benefitted from a 115-run stand between opener Barot (83, 90b, 8×4, 1×6) and Mankad (59, 59b, 5×4, 2×6).
Vasavada (91, 59b, 8×4, 3×6) and Chirag Jani (33, 40b, 3×4) forged another substantial partnership worth 70 runs to put Saurashtra in a position of strength.
Vasavada continued with his blazing knock before being out on the last…