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Tiwary ton gives Bengal edge
14th October 2016
Riding a brilliant 110 by captain Manoj Tiwary, Bengalposted a formidable 466 and then reduced Uttar Pradesh to 126 for 3 to wrest advantage on the second day of the Ranji Trophy tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Resuming at 283 for 3, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Manoj Tiwary added 46 before Easwaran returned on 142.
However, Manoj Tiwary carried on where he left last night scoring at ease on either side of the wicket reaching his 22nd first class ton in 141 balls.
Talking to CAB, Manoj said: "I would have been happier had we put up another 50 off runs. It felt good scoring the ton. As a batsman it is all that we can do. I hope to continue the good run of form."
However, the Bengal tail failed to wag as the team lost the last 6 wickets for just 84 runs. Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful UP player, as the Chinaman bowler returned with figures of 5 for 115 as he ran through the lower order.
"Kuldeep did bowl well, but we also contributed to his success playing loose shots. The lower order will need to value their wickets," Manoj added. However, Bengal hit back immediately with Ashoke Dinda and Sayan Ghosh showed both control and movement with the new ball reducing UP to 49 for 3. Thereafter Umang Sharma (57) and S N Khan (43) batted sensibly to take UP past the 100 mark.
At stumps both the batsmen looked set though the bite and spin Pragyan and Gani were beginning to get would leave them happy. “The wicket is playing good. We have to be patient and bowl in the right area and wait for the batsman's to make mistakes”, said Pragyan Ojha to CAB media.


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