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Amit's magic spell saves the day for Bengal


8th December 2017
Guajrat were reduced to 180 for 6 on Day II chasing Bengal's first innings total of 354 in the first quarterfinals of Ranji Trophy at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Following the dismissal of the star opener of Bengal that helped restore the Bengal innings on day one with a brilliant knock it appeared that it doesn't have an easy game. While the hopes of the Bengal team appeared to hang on a thin rope, it was apparent today that B. Amit and Aamir Gani were looking down the barrel.  
A session filled with unbridled stroke play by the duo helped the Bengal team climb up to a decent 354. While B. Amit hit the ball hard thrashing 7 boundaries scoring 36 runs teammate Aamir Gani flogged it harder around the ground adding 49 runs to the team total in a crunch situation hitting eight boundaries.
With the Bengal innings folding for 354, the outcome of the second half appeared far from an easy conclusion with the subsequent and quick dismissals of the openers of the counterpart under 17 runs. The bowlers matched the fire of the Bengal batsmen with domineering attitude and passion. B. Amit rose to the occasion with an outstanding display of his bowling prowess pulling out three wickets.
Dinda the Bengal paceman made a breakthrough into the Gujarat lineup pulling out S B Gohel’s for 1 while young Ishan's demeanour complemented the former showing outstanding bowling figures. The emerging bowling sensation showed some real intent and passion depriving the in-form Parthiv Patel of a half century and also dismissed P K Panchal.
In a post match press interaction the man of the moment, B. Amit said, "After lunch (Ashok) Dinda da, Ishan (Porel) and myself decided to bowl in partnerships. One side restricts runs and takes maiden and from the other side the other bowler dives for wickets. We dried up the runs and results showed."
"The wicket is hard and sporty. If you bend your back you will get wickets. There is good carry. Tomorrow the first hour is crucial. We need to take two wickets at least in that time," he added.
At stumps R H Bhatta and Piyush Chawla were batting at 13 and 22 respectively, as they trailed by 174 runs.


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