Pradipta and Amit provides Bengal advantage
17th November 2017
An inspired performance by debutant left-arm spinner Pradipta Pramanik and B. Amit helped Bengal bundle out Punjab for 147 as the visitors finished their day at 76/0 on Day one of their Group D Ranji Trophy encounter at Gandhi Ground, Amritsar today, trailing by 71 runs.
Punjab started off the day well at 31/0 in 9 overs. As skipper brought the debutant into the attack, the leg arm spinner gave the breakthrough by picking up in-form Jiwanjot Singh. While Dinda got better of Uday Kaul, Pradipta caught Anmolpreet Singh in front of the wicket for 12. Post-lunch Ishan Porel picked up Gurkeerat Maan leaving Punjab at 62/4.
Opener Subham Gill tried to steady the innings with two partnerships of 33 and 28 runs with Abhishek Gupta and Abhishek Sharma. While Gupta was cleaned up by B. Amit, Aamir Gani got through the defence of Shubham Gill(63) as Punjab were stumbling at 123/6. After that, other batsmen joined the procession as the Punjab innings folded up for 147. Pradipta and B. Amit claimed three wickets each; while Ashoke Dinda, Ishan Porel and Aamir Gani registered their name against wicket-column sharing wicket a piece.
Abhishek Raman and Abhimanyu Eshwaran opened Bengal innings cautiously and went to tea without any harm at 18/0 in 5 overs. Both the openers were determined to provide a solid start as they constructed the innings with patience. In-between the duo hit some delicate shots. Raman smashed six boundaries and one six while Eshwaran hit five boundaries. They ensured no-hiccups in the way as Bengal finished day one at 76/0, trailing by 71 runs. At stumps, Raman remained unbeaten on 42 and Eshwaran stood with Raman on 33.
Later, the star performer of the day, Pradipta Pramanick said, ''It was a good feeling I could contribute for the team and I am happy for it. Seniors and support staffs told me to play my natural game and not to bowl under pressure. The Bengal captain asked me to go with the deliveries I was comfortable with and to bowl the right areas according to my potential. I have grown up watching these players with whom I am playing side by side and it is a matter of great privilege for me. Since it was my first Ranji Match I was under pressure which I feel is normal but that gradually subsided as the game starter rolling.''
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Ayan Das and Saptaswa Mukerjee