Bengal canter into the semifinals
11th December 2017
The Bengal boys merrily danced their way into the semis as they took first inning lead during their quarterfinal ties against Gujarat as the match ended up in a stalemate at the end of day 5 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Aiming at beating the menace of stroke-play by the Bengal boys, the opponent’s desperate attempts seemed futile. A session of ceaselessly bombarding the opponent’s through the gaps sending them for a leather hunt and building up a monumental lead of 825 runs meant that the Bengal team was all set to be one of the four in the semi finals.
After Writtick’s inning bred 216 runs and the star batsman got dismissed, Anustup made sure to stay hooked on to the pitch and bat for the rest of the day. Smashing the ball around the ground Anustup played an innings studded with raining boundaries as he spotlessly timed 17 enroute his innings of 132 not out. Aamir Gani was no less as he went on to score a half century and provided brilliant support to the in-form Anustup.
In a post-match interaction, ecstatic Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, ''The win against Gujrat is very impressive.They are the defending champions.Boys are always ready to take up the responsibility whenever they are given opportunity and the way they responded to the situation made the entire team management ecstatic. We executed the plans properly on the field and that gave us a preferable result for us.We have a bunches youngsters and they soaked the pressure well and took their to another level. Youngsters are always ready to face the challenges and grab the opportunity with both the hands. I'm very happy with the team.''
Asked about batsmen's midas touch, the skipper remarked,''I'm very happy with the way all the batsmen contributed when it mattered. Easwaran, Writtick, Anustup all are very good players and performed really well under pressure.''
Skipper added,'' 'I believe in my team and I believe that if we continue to replicate this performance in Semi-final, we will definitely fetch preferable result for us.''
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Saptaswa Mukerjee and Ayan Das