Shami guides Mohun Bagan to 296-run win in first Pink ball match at Eden Gardens

Mohammad Shami grabbed a match haul of seven wickets to help Mohun Bagan beat Bhowanipore Club by 296 runs.

Published: 21st June 2016 09:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2016 10:00 AM   |  A+A-


Former Indian batsman, V.V.S.Laxman (R) and Indian pace bowler, Mohammed Shami participate in an event to promote pink cricket balls at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on June 16, 2016. | AFP


KOLKATA: Mohammad Shami grabbed a match haul of seven wickets to help Mohun Bagan beat Bhowanipore Club by 296 runs in India's first-ever pink ball four-day match under lights at Eden Gardens here today.

India pacer Shami followed up his five-wicket haul in the first innings with a 2/82, while part-time seamer Vivek Singh was the wrecker-in-chief in the second essay with a 5/32 to bundle out Bhowanipore Club for 199 in 48.3 overs.

Mohun Bagan thus won the Cricket Association of Bengal Super League final which was conducted with pink kookaburra ball under lights to get Eden 'ready' for India's proposed first day/night Test against New Zealand in October.

"I'll prefer pink ball anyday, hope this pink ball match prospers. The best thing is you got to bowl only one session under sun. Then the ball starts doing the talk once the lights are on," Shami, who was adjudged man of the match, said.

"I got reverse swing in the first innings. I think if the condition is dry, the ball will reverse. The seam usually does not remain intact after 40 overs but it's not the case with the pink ball."

Resuming the day at 132 for six, Bhowanipore's innings on the final day lasted less than an hour with Singh cleaning up the tail dismissing Ravikant Singh who edged one behind the stumps.

Having recovered from a knee surgery, Shami is eyeing a Test recall in the four-Test West Indies series next month and he said his focus in this match was to get his rhythm back.

"I'm working on getting back my rhythm and wanted to ball long spell. But then I thought of taking a break after 15 overs to give others an opportunity to bowl with the pink ball," he said.

"I now feel the same way I was earlier. The time spent during the injury was worst part of my life. I was along with my wife alone, and was bed ridden for three months, took two months to walk. Then gradually got my fitness back at the NCA."

Incidentally, Shami has made both his first class debut and Test debut at this venue which saw his career-best nine-wicket haul.

"This ground is always special to me, and the pink ball debut has made it even more special," Shami signed off.

Brief Scores:

Mohun Bagan:

1st innings 299 all out in 87.5 overs

2nd Innings 349 all out in 88.1 overs.

Bhowanipore Club:

1st Innings 153 all out in 38.5 overs

2nd Innings 199 all out in 48.3 overs (Subham Chatterjee 50; Vivek Singh 5/32).

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp