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Weather, toss on Bengal’s mind in Punjab

16th November 2017
Bengal will have their task cut out when they take on Punjab in their group D tie of Ranji Trophy at Gandhi Ground Amritsar in a must win situation.
It has been raining in Amritsar intermittently and the Bengal team had to restrict themselves to knock-downs and indoor gym. Bengal is in a tight spot having lost to Vidharbha in Kalyani though they began brightly in the season. Bengal is on 13 points. In contrast Punjab are on 15 points from four games like Bengal and the visitors need to win this match as the toss up will be between these two teams to qualify from this group for the knock-out stage.
Bengal has made two changes in their squad with Writtick Roychowdhury and Sourav Singh replacing Md Shami and Wriddhiman Saha. Koushik Ghosh is also indisposed because of fever. Sairaj Bahutule, Bengal Coach, said: “We have not been able to practice as we wanted. The nets were not ready. So we were limited to knock downs and one stump bowling. But the practice pitches were poor, so we could not risk bowling our pacers. However, the spinners bowled to the batsmen. At least we had a feel of the ground.”
Asked about the wicket, he said: “The wicket looked pretty okay at first sight. It is reasonably bald and spinners will come into play at some point of time. We can expect the ball to reverse also. But a lot will depend on the toss.”
On the fact that Bengal would need a win, he said: “A lot of that depends on the first day and first session and how much of game we get considering the conditions. We will first try to secure a first innings lead and then go for a win if the chance so provides.”
Asked about the team composition, Sairaj said that they would in all probability go for two spinners and two pacers in which case Ashoke Dinda and Ishan Porel, after his performance in the last match, will be the first choice while Pradipto Pramanik and Amir Gani would be the spinning duo. On whether the batting line-up will see some change he said that will be decided later after the team meeting.

Arindam Basu