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Bengal to show attacking intent

13th October 2017
Bengal will have their work cut out when they take on Ranji Trophy rookies Chattisgarh at Raipur from tomorrow in a Group D encounter.
The Bengal side will be mighty disappointed not have squeezed out six points from Railways whom they had on the mat for a better part of four days and coach Sairaj Bahutule will have talked it over with the bowlers in the post match analysis. However, to be fair to the bowlers the track at Palam was dead- as-a- dodo where the ball was left to do the trick.
“It was a slow low wicket that was getting slower and lower. The ball hardly came on to the bat and the batsmen really had to make a mess to get out. Our bowlers I would say played very well. Manoj (Tiwari) marshalled his boys very well,” said Siaraj Bahutule.
He was buoyed with the form the batters showed. With the top and middle order showing consistency and form and Sudip Chatterjee finding his mojo, there seems to be no problem wielding the willow. “Our batsmen applied themselves and played according to the demands of the match. To see them strike form right from the first match is a very positive feeling. I really hope they carry the same sort of form into this match,” Sairaj added.
Asked if there were lessons learnt from the first game, he said: “Certainly. Every game has something to teach. We need to think on our toes. The positives were huge. The batsmen showed form, the bowlers bowled their hearts out despite such a placid track and the skipper has been manning the field extremely well. I am sure we will come out firing on all cylinders in the game tomorrow.”
With Ashok Dinda and Mohammed Shami leading the pace attack and Amir Gani and young Pradipta Pramanik waiting to deliver, Bengal looks to have both the pace and bite to maul the opposition. He was sceptic about the wicket though and more interested about the strengths the side had rather than just counting the pluses of the opposition.
Chattisgarh may be a new team in Ranji, but in no way are they short of experience. They have a wily skipper in Mohammed Kaif and their batsmen have showed form especially wicketkeeper batsman Manoj Singh and Rishab Tiwary. All-rounders Jatin Saxena and Sumit Ruikar also showed a purple patch with both bat and ball and could be a real hurdle in Bengal’s ambitions.

Arindam Basu