Bengal boys look forward to semis
10th December 2017
The Bengal team batted for all the three sessions during the second innings of their quarterfinal ties against Gujarat as they finished 483 for 4 on day IV at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
The Bengal team made sure of launching their artillery barrage of compulsive stroke play with their batsmen on the turf during day IV. Abhimanyu Easwaran being the second player in the squad this season to score two tons in subsequent innings as he went on to complete his century today.
Writtick Chatterjee has proved a valuable gamble after he plundered an innings worth 213 runs not out. An overwhelming session of stroke play by the Bengal team ensured that that the spectators were hooked on to their seats while the batsmen turned down the futile attempts of the Gujarat boys through the gaps.
Abhimanyu Easwaran who was sent off for 114 by Ishwar Chaudhary smashed the opponent's for 13 boundaries and 2 sixes. The Gujarat counterpart fell to their face conceding 213 runs that came of Writtick Chatterjee's bat. An innings studded with 23 boundaries and one six meant Bengal's Writtick was back in business.
Later as Writtick came out for a press interaction he said, "It is a very special feeling to score the first double hundred and to do it in such a crucial match makes it extra special.
It was not easy to bat on a fourth day wicket. Though playing had become a little easier than the first day, the pitch has broken and that created problems."
When asked about his plans he had while batting he said, "No I did not think of a double hundred. I didn't think of any milestones. I just batted from one drinks session to another and tried to concentrate."
The Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary lent a good support to the in-form Writtick with constant support putting up 59 runs while Shreevats added 32 to the team total.
He added, "The fact that we batted so long also frustrated them a bit. We had some excellent partnerships with Abhimanyu and my skipper Manoj Tiwari and that helped."
At stumps Writtick Chatterjee and Anustup Majumdar were batting at 213 and 6 respectively. Looking to build up more on the already mammoth lead of 613 runs the Bengal team seems all geared up to bid the defending champions a last good bye.
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