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Shreevats, Anustup duo gives Bengal confidence


25th November 2017
After making a slow start to the season Shree (Shreevats Goswami) and Anustup (Anustup Majumdar) scored a century each in their Group D ties against counterpart Goa during day one at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. A crucial 213 runs partnership between the duo helped the Bengal team to a sustained innings.
In a post match press conference, Shreevats Goswami said, "I suppose when I came down the turf the only thing I tried was to add runs to the scoreboard even if I get dismissed early. There was a tinge of green on the wicket and we are all aware of the fact that the first two hours prove the most crucial for any team and in a ground like Eden it is challenging."
"In the previous matches you'll find that I have got early dismissals and I feel that I was not sticking to my natural game back then and hence the result. I made up my mind today to stick to my natural game and especially when I came down I felt the situation was crucial. I wanted to stick to my natural game and score. The session between lunch and tea was the opportunity for us to put up on the scoreboard as the ball was really coming to the bat fine."
Talking about his early dismissals in the previous matches and coming out if it he said, "I have been unlucky a few times in the past but today I was lucky that I could find the touch and could play some good shots during the game and the wicket had a lot to offer post lunch. I feel it is a crucial game for us and with four batsmen being dismissed it wasn't that easy but I am happy that we could put up a good partnership on the board when it mattered. The wicket we are playing on is typical of Eden Gardens and the deliveries to which our players got dismissed were nevertheless good. Talking about us, both me and Anustup were chilled out and tried to stick to the wicket"
While both the batsmen made a point that the first two hours of the game were crucial for the home team, they looked sublime as the game started to roll. With the duo scoring a century each from a situation of discomfort the team rolled with the punches to a comfortable footing.
Making a stunning comeback scoring a his first ton after 2012, Anustup Majumdar stayed undefeated at 107 at stumps with teammate Writtick Chowdhury. In a post match interaction with the press he said, "It was indeed very challenging for us after the dismissals of the top four. After playing few proper strokes both me and Shree had the confidence to go for further down the line. Moreover as the away pacers were a bit exhausted we discussed and utilised the opportunity accordingly. We are happy about it. We both are stroke players and Garg has been good with the ball. We knew we had to get over with his spell and the equation thereafter would be simple. There's a lot of life in the wicket and the first two hours as usual will prove crucial and with the new ball there will be a lot of variation off the pitch tomorrow." 


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Saptaswa Mukerjee