Bengal has the upper hand
24th November 2017
Bengal needs three points from their final Group D encounter against Goa to qualify for knock-out rounds without getting into any complexities.
While group leader Vidarbha has already qualified, Bengal seconds Group D with 20 points with 5 points advantage over third-placed Punjab. However, bottom-placed Goa will certainly look to spoil Bengal's party.
Except a misfiring against Vidarbha, Bengal has generally played well. While, the openers are among runs, middle order batsmen are having a good season too. The lower order also contributed when it mattered. Both pace and spin had been fruitful for Bengal. B.Amit and newbie Pradipta Pramanick are sure to bowl with passion and imagination in the absence of in-form Ishan Porel, who will miss the match due to U-19 Challenger Trophy commitment. Sayan Ghosh is likely to replace him in the playing XI.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, ''We are concentrating on our strengths. We will try to execute our plans properly and play to the condition.We are playing well in this season.The youngsters are taking up responsibilities, and doing well under pressure.''
He further added, ''We will miss Ishan surely. But we have the players who can replace him.''
Goa coach Prakash Mayekar said, '' We are under-dogs here. Bengal is a very strong side, snatching an out-right win against good side like Punjab depicts the character of the side. But we believe in ourselves. We have prepared well and will try our best to play well.In cricket,anything is possible and we will go into the game with a positive mindset.''
Goa skipper, Sagun Kamat, said, ''We have a very young side.After Shadab Jakati got injured, bowling unit does not have much experience.But we are looking forward to play positively.'
The visitors are in complete disarray.Both batters and bowlers are having disappointing campaign except against Himachal Pradesh when both the openers smashed tons. Skipper Sagun Kamat scored intermittently.The experienced left-arm orthodox Shadab Jakati will miss the game due to injury.
CAB MEDIA DESK