West Bengal sailed into the grand final of the 71st Santosh Trophy tournament after clinching a nail-biting sudden death 6-5 against Mizoram played out in Goa on Thursday.
After both the teams failed to break the deadlock in regulation and extra time, the match went into penalty shootout, which ended with the semifinalists locked at 4-4.
Bengal emerged victorious and made the final for the 44th time after Moirangthem Basanta found the net and Lalbiakhlua's shot was saved by Sankar Roy.
In the penalty shootout Lalrammawia Rammawia, substitute Ramfangzauva, Lalrammuanpuia, and Lalalrinchhana Rcha were on target for Mizoram, while Fialmuanawma Muanawma's shot was saved by the rival keeper.
Santu Singh, Manvir Singh, Samad Ali Mallick and Mumtaz Akhtar found the net for the winners. Substitute Monotosh Chakladar's shot hit the right post.
Bengal have won the tournament 31 times and will meet the winners of the second semi-final between host Goa and Kerala.