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Bengal eyeing a bright start at the knockouts


6th December 2017
Following their qualification through the Group D encounters, Bengal is all set to take on Gujarat tomorrow at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals.
While the emerging bowling sensation Ishan Porel is back in squad, Sudip remains doubtful. Speaking about the teams preparations and resolution for the match day the skipper said, "We have worked really hard during the league phase and whatever was decided during the team meeting be it the strategies, the basics or the improvements we stuck to it. I feel that is the reason we could come up to the quarterfinals and all we hope is to deliver to our best."
He added, "As a captain I feel that consistency and determination is the key and all of us are gearing up to perform well. It is the team's decision to refrain from putting extra pressure on the mind of the players and let them play their natural game so that we can get the best out of these cricketers. We want to make sure of the fact that these individuals play with no extra baggage bothering their natural game. We have done a good homework and are hopeful our hardwork and dedication will pay off."
The Bengal team is hopeful of making each player count and the confidence reflects through their bearing after coming back strong into the knockouts through tough situations. The senior team has been at practise at full steam and with dedication and hopefully it will reflect in the game, the Bengal Captain said.
With the team combination being withheld at the discretion of the team management until tomorrow morning the Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule said, "The preparations have been very good so far as the team has had a good practice at the nets. The team appears focused and is really looking forward to the match day. Gujarat is a good side and their performance is evidence to this. The entire team is really excited to deliver".
When asked about tomorrow's plan the skipper said, "Gujarat to mention the least has displayed good performance and consistency throughout the season and we are excited that we will be playing the defending champions of the last season. We expect a good match and want to play good cricket. We feel that if we have to face them we have to be at our very best and that is all we are looking forward to."
Toss will be crucial tomorrow. As the Bengal batting has fired at crucial times, the team would like to built a big acore and then let the in form pacers go for the kill. However, the team has a plan B in place if they have to bowl first.


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Saptaswa Mukerjee