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Skipper scores a ton while bowling duo steals the show

2nd November 2017
Bengal rode a fine century from captain Manoj Tiwary to reach 419 in their first innings, before reducing Himachal Pradesh to 163 for 5 at stumps on day 2 of Group D tie of Ranji Trophy at Eden Gardens today.
Though the opponents commenced their innings on a fury with Sumit Verma scoring 64 which came off seven boundaries and Priyanshu Khanduri scoring 52 runs but their early dismissals pulled down the away team to an unrushed and sloppy innings.
Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary proved that there was a lot in store for Bengal as he slapped eleven boundaries and 1 six enroute his 123 run innings. Soon after the skipper got dismissed, Bengal innings folded up for 419 as none of the tailenders made it big except a sparking 26 from Md Shami.
"I am happy to have scored a century but in matches like these the catch is to score big runs. I am dissatisfied since there was time but and I could've added more to total but got dismissed at 123. As a personal achievement I am happy but it is how it goes," said skipper Manoj Tiwary in a post match press interaction.
An unparalleled spell by Mohammed Shami and Asoke Dinda saw them conjuring early dismissals of Prashant Chopra and Sumit Verma. The wickets of Paras Dogra and Preyanshu Khanduri at a later phase reduced the visitors' to five down. While Dinda and Shami took two wickets each teammate Mukesh Kumar pulled out one. At stumps were batsmen Ankush Bains and Amit Kumar for HPCA.

Saptaswa Mukerjee