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Manoj praise Dinda for match winning effort
31st January 2017
Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary praised Ashoke Dinda for the fine penultimate over that helped the side beat Tripura by 5 runs.
"After the 17th over I was worried that we might lose this game. But as a captain I never give up and so the decision was easy. I turned to my most experienced bowler Ashoke Dinda and he didnt disappoint," Manoj said to the media.
"We only changed our strategy a bit. Dinda was looking to bowl yorkers, but we decided to go with length balls and short pitch stuff and it paid off as Smit Patel got out," Manoj added.
Asked if Pragyan Ojha's bowling disappointed, he said: "Ojha is our most experienced spinner. Yes he had a bad day. After being hit on your first ball the head stops working. But it does not mean that we will all jump on him and further pressurise him. He has understood where he went wrong and I am sure he will come back with a bang next time."
On the top order misfiring, he said: "If you see the wicket you get a little confused whether to go all out or hold on the wickets. I think its advisable to to do the later. Becaue if you lose 3 wickets in first six overs you need to start all over again."
"When you have the ball seaming around as it did, you cant do much. Usually the T20 wickets are flat surfaces, but this wicket has something for both the bowlers and the batsmen. We need to play keeping the surface in mind," he added.
Asked if 150 was a good score, he said: "it is a good score. Actually we went in with one bowler short. We thought the partimers will do the job. But it didnt exactly go to the plan. We will look into our combinations tomorrow."
Meanwhile, rookie pacer Kanishk Seth, who took three wickets in his first appearance for the senior side, said; "there is no pressure on me. The seniors are very supportive and the atmosphere in the dressing room is very healthy."
On his performance today, he said: "I just bowled at the right places and did as was advised by the skipper."
Tripura's Smit Patel regretted not having won the match. "The 19th over became crucial. Otherwise we were very much into the match."
Asked if they had any strategy, he said that they had targetted Pragyan Ojha as he was the lone spinner and the wicket supported the pacers.

Arindam Basu