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Ton up Raman, Easwaran put Bengal in control


18th November 2017
In less than a week Bengal showed remarkable turnaround, with an all round performance, motoring to 309 for three with the openers Avishek Raman and AR Easwaran hitting tonnes against Punjab in Amritsar today.
At stumps on day two Avishek Raman remained not out one short of 150 while giving him company was Sreevats Goswami on 29. Earlier, Raman and Easwaran showed form and finesse as they took apart a potent Punjab attack enroute their centuries. While Easwaran was the first to reach the three figure mark off 178 balls, Raman followed soon off 187 deliveries. Both the batters hit 10 fours and a six each to complete their centuries.
Avishek Raman reached 51 off 76 balls, while Easwaran reached 52 off 93 balls as Bengal negotiated the Punjab attack with relative ease. Playing freely, absolving themselves of the poor game in Kalyani, both the openers showed restrained aggression. While they gave respect to good deliveries Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul, they were not tied down for long as they trotted along at over 3 runs per over.
The first wicket partnership of 222 was broken by Siddharth Kaul when Easwaran was caught by Avishek Sharma when he drove uppishly to the bowler on a personal score of 117. Siddharth Kaul got another success in space of an over when he removed in form Sudip Chatterjee for 4 runs. Bengal suffered a mini collapse when skipper Manoj Tiwary was run out for four runs reducing Bengal to 242 for three.
Harbhajan Singh was meted out special treatment as he went for four runs an over for his 12 overs. Sandeep Sharma, Gurkeerat Maan, Abhishek Sharma and Vinay Chowdhury toiled the whole day with little success.
Both Easwaran and Raman said that they were determined to play long innings. “We decided to play as long as possible. The pitch had eased out a bit today as we wanted to take advantage of the fact. We kept telling each other and talking to each other and that helped. They were bowling a good line, but we were selective in playing our shots,” said Raman.
“It was all about concentrating and focussing. Once we got the start, we decided that we had to play a long innings, Very happy that the team has first ensured 3 points. Now we can look for six,” he added.


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