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Easwaran, Anustup pull Bengal out of the woods


7th December 2017
Bengal finished day one of the first quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy against counterpart Gujarat on 261 for 6, at the Sawai Mannsingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Gujarat who won the toss and chose to field began to enforce dominance since the start of innings as the Bengal score sheet read 13 for 1 at the sixth over. With Gujarat's conviction weighing heavy on the Bengal counterpart the team lost three wickets with subsequent effect losing Writtick Chatterjee for 4, skipper Manoj Tiwary for 1 and Shreevats Goswami for 4 runs respectively within 16 runs.
It was all about getting back to business and hitting the ball around the ground to help the team claw back to the tempo. While Abhimanyu Eswaran was the man under pressure he displayed some real crisis management with the bat scoring a ton. His sedulous efforts bred 129 runs for the Bengal team.
Later as Sreevats Goswami got dismissed for 4, Anustup joined the crisis manager showing some real purpose and determination scoring 94 runs. The game in the initial stage yielded a run a ball innings but with young Easwaran and Anustup on the turf the Bengal tempo was reinforced with a 175 runs partnership and a well fought out century by the opener.
Anustup timed 11 boundaries enroute his 94 falling few runs short of scoring another century this season while the Easwaran's innings was studded with 15 spotless boundaries.
At stumps B Amit and Aamir Gani were batting at 8 and 6 respectively.


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