Tons from Easwaran, Goswami spice up tame draw
16th October 2016
It was a season opener of happy tidings for Bengal. The top order scored runs. The bowlers showed verve and imagination on a deadpan surface. They choked the opposition out to take a fist innings lead and three vital points.
But the talking points of the Ranji Trophy tie between Bengal and Uttar Pradesh played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur remain Abhimanyu Easwaran's back-to-back centuries in both innings and sparkling form shown by the top order including a 91-ball century from Sreevats Goswami in the second innings, just when the doctors ordered.
Resuming on the overnight score of 30 for no loss, Bengal declared the second innings at 274 for 6, that saw centuries from Easwaran (110 not out with 11x4) and Goswami (100, 17x4, 1x6) and also a mini collapse triggered by the hugely talended UP chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. The match ended in a draw after UP scoring 70 for no loss in their second innings from the 20 overs available with openers Srivastava (31) and Shaukat (30) remaining unbeaten.
Kuldeep was again the bowler to watch out with 4 for 107 in 26 overs.
“I was happy with the draw. The wicket was getting slower as the game progressed. But Avimanyu played a matured innings. He is a good player and has a bright future,” said Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule.
Asked about the contribution of Sreevats Goswami he said, “At that time when we were losing wickets at regular interval, it was important for someone to stand with Abhimanyu. Sreevats player a very crucial innings that time,” said Bahutule.
With the draw Bengal will get 3 points, while Uttar Pradesh will get 1. Bengal will play their next match against Punjab from October 20 at Bilaspur.
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Arindam Basu (with inputs from Sayan Banerjee)