Saurashtra and Chandigarh secured their third wins on the trot against their respective opponents on Thursday, to brighten their chances of qualifying for the quarter-final round of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Both the teams now have 12 points each from three matches with Saurashtra leading the table on the basis of net run rate.
At the Jadavpur University second campus ground, Saurashtra handed Bengal a massive 149-run defeat after another pathetic batting display by the home side, who are all but out of contention after slipping to fifth place in the six-team standings.
Put in to bat on a placid track, Saurashtra posted 324/9 and chasing a big target, Bengal folded for 175 in 37 overs.
Saurashtra opener Avi Barot laid the foundation of their massive score with a 90-ball 83 studded with eight boundaries and one six.
Thereafter, Prerak Mankad lent the stability in the middle-order with a run-a-ball 59 (5x4, 2x6) before Arpit Vasavada plundered 91 runs off just 59 deliveries to prop up the Saurashtra innings.
Bengal bowlers flattered to deceive and average fielding made matters worse.
Bengal batsmen failed to put any resistance before a disciplined bowling attack, led by skipper Jaidev Unadkat (3/46), capitulating in 37 overs.
Abhimanyu Easwaran was Bengal's top-scorer with 44 as none of their batsmen could reach a half century, summing up their plight as they are set to make a group stage exit for a second successive time this season after Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.
In their maiden season in the Elite Group, Chandigarh were once again impressive, pipping Services by five runs in a low-scoring thriller at the 22 Yards Academy in Saltlake.
Gaurav Gambhir stole the show with an all-round effort as he first hit an unbeaten 44 from 47 balls to take his side to 224/8 after a middle order batting collapse.
He then took 4/51 before left-arm spinner Raman Bishnoi's 2/29 in the death overs ended Services' chase, bundling them out for 219 in 49.4 overs.
Uttarakhand, Assam register hat-trick of wins in Plate group
Uttarakhand thrashed Arunachal Pradesh by eight wickets to register their third consecutive win in the Plate group.
Assam also joined Uttarakhand on 12 points, outplaying Nagaland by 84 runs in another match.
Arunachal captain Neelam Obi won the toss and opted to bat and fell early to Samad Fallah for 2. They recovered from the early loss of the skipper, thanks to half-centuries by Kamsho Yangfo (58) and Nazeeb Saiyed (54) to post 225 for 6 in 50 overs.
For Uttarakhand, medium-pacer Ankit Manor (1/25) and left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah (1/23) kept things tight.
In reply, Kamal Singh (68) and in-form Jay Bista (46) gave Uttarakhand a flying start, adding 61 runs in the power play before the latter fell to Nabam Tempol.
Uttarakhand skipper Kunal Chandela led from the front with an unbeaten 78 (51 balls, 9X4s, 3X6s).
After being involved in a 89-run second wicket partnership with Kamal Singh, Chandela took the team home in the company of Dikshanshu Negi (23 not out), reaching the target in just 24.3 overs
Later, Sibsankar Roy (106) and Gokul Sharma (70) helped Assam post 294 in 49.5 overs before the bowlers restricted Nagaland to 210 in 45.2 overs for a 84-run win.
At Eden Gardens: Haryana 308/6 in 50 overs (Shivam Chauhan 123, Rohit Sharma 51, Chaitanya Bishnoi 45) beat Jammu & Kashmir 295 in 49.1 overs (Parvez Rasool 86, Bandeep Singh 51, Abid Mushtaq 46; Arun Chaprana 4/35, Sumit Kumar 3/59) by 13 runs.
At JU Second Campus at Saltlake: Saurashtra 324/9 in 50 overs (Arpit Vasavada 91, Avi Barto 83, Prerak Mankad 59; Ishan Porel 3/71) beat Bengal 175 in 37 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 44; Jaydev Unadkat 3/46) by 149 runs.
At 22 Yards at Saltlake: Chandigarh 224/8 in 50 overs (Gaurav Gambhir 44 not out, Arslan Khan 44) beat Services 219 in 49.4 overs (Mohit Ahlawat 69, Ravi Chauhan 57; Gambhir 4/51) by five runs.
Arunachal Pradesh 225 for 6 in 50 overs (Kamsha Yangfo 58, Nazeeb Saiyed 54, Techi Doria 44) lost to Uttarakhand 226 for 2 in 24.3 overs (Kunal Chandela 78 not out, Kamal Singh 68, Jay Bista 46) by eight wickets. Uttarakhand: 4 points, Arunachal: 0.
Manipur 162 all out in 40.1 overs (L Kishan Singha 36, Jayanta Sagatpam 29; Md Saptulla 3/23, Anureet Singh 3/39) lost to Sikkim 165 for 2 in 36.1 overs (Robin Bist 85 not out, Ashish Thapa 43) by eight wickets. Sikkim: 4 points, Manipur: 0.
Assam 294 all out in 49.5 overs (Sibsankar Roy 106, Gokul Sharma 70, Denish Das 34; Khrievitso Kense 4/61, Stuart Binny 2/40) beat Nagaland 210 all out in 45.2 overs (Chetan Bist 57, Shrikant Mundhe 26) by 84 runs. Assam: 4 points, Nagaland: 0.
Mizoram 236 for 7 in 50 overs (K B Pawan 89 not out, Taruwar Kohli 56, Pratik Desai 41; Sanjay Yadav 2/29) lost to Meghalaya 237 for 8 in 48 overs (Dippu Sangma 60 not out, Abhay Negi 40 not out, D B Ravi Teja 42, Punit Bisht 35; G Lalbiakvela 3/36) by two wickets. Meghalaya: 4 points, Mizoram: 0.
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