The Bengal bowlers didn’t enable the Pondicherry batters to quiet down with Mukesh Kumar dismissing skipper R Raghupathy within the very first over after they gained the toss and elected to area.
Whereas Mukesh ended up with two for 40, left-arm pacer Geet Puri was essentially the most profitable bowler returning with three for twenty-four. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed additionally got here good, claiming three for 25.
Run-machine Paras Dogra, who had hit two centuries thus far within the event, as soon as once more seemed harmful earlier than he was trapped in entrance by spinner Pradipta Pramanik for a run-a-ball 63 as Pondicherry have been bowled out for 197 in 43.2 overs.
Though Bengal misplaced their skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (8) early, Sudip Gharami as soon as once more supplied the anchor sharing a 107-run second-wicket stand with Majumdar.
Veteran Majumdar stood tall after Gharami departed for a well-made 56 off 69 balls and together with one other previous warhorse Manoj Tiwary (32*), noticed the workforce house within the fortieth over dropping simply two wickets.
Temporary scores: Pondicherry 197 in 43.2 ovs (Paras Dogra 63, KB Arun Karthick 34, Shahbaz Ahmed 3/25, Geet Puri 3/24). Bengal 202/2 in 39 ovs (Anustup Majumdar 100*, Sudip Gharami 56, Manoj Tiwary 32*) Bengal gained by 8 wkts.