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It's raining confidence as Bengal boys come back stronger


9th December 2017
Bengal finished the second innings of their quarterfinal ties against Gujarat on 177 for 1 after their counterpart surrendered for 224 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Plundering the opponent's from the roots and bulldozing them under 224 the Bengal bowler's dominance looked to outweigh Gujarat as the opponents trailed by 130 runs at the end of the first session.
Coming down to proclaim authority, the Bengal boys restricted their counterpart short of 130 runs at lunch while for the batsmen it was all about thrashing the opponent's bowling array through the gaps. With Abhishek Raman being sent off for a silly dismissal at 33, Abhimanyu Easwaran made sure of leveraging their superiority as the young opener went on to score a well worked 93 not out during the second innings.
Lending good support to the opener and creating opportunities Writtick Chatterjee added 40 runs to the Bengal score card. With an innings decorated with 12 boundaries young Easwaran proved that there's still a lot of room for stroke play while Writtick timed 5 spotless boundaries.
"When we came out to bat the idea was to bat patiently and get as many runs as we can. The wicket had become a little slow. So there was hardly any carry to the keeper. But it also meant scoring runs was not easy. But me and Writtick made the most of the opportunity that presented itself," Abhimanyu Easwaran said.
Asked the plans for tomorrow, he said: "The idea is to bat as long as possible and score as many runs we can. We would like to put up a big total and sit back and defend it."
On his chance of successive tons, he said that tomorrow is a new day and he will begin from scratch.
Least to mention that the Bengal bowling artillery have been equally impressive with their constant and heavy blitz with Ashoke Dinda, Ishan Porel and B. Amit pulling out three wickets each while young Pradipto Pramanick took 1.
Ishan Porel said that the plans that they had for each Gujarat batsman were executed to a perfection. "What worked more was that the bowlers worked as a unit. When a bowler went for wicket, the other supported him with maidens."
On the fact that the wicket is looking pretty benign now, he said: "The key to our success was patience, temperament that it is a five day game and sticking to our plan."
Though the figures speak for themselves there's no ground for complacency as the Bengal team looks all set to fire their guns. At the end of day III Abhimanyu Easwaran and Writtick Chatterjee were batting at 93 and 40 respectively.


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Saptaswa Mukerjee