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Bengal ready to take on Delhi

16th December 2017
Rewriting history will be on top of the mind when Manoj Tiwari and team take on Delhi in the semi final of the prestigious Ranji Trophy at Pune from tomorrow.
Having got the better of Delhi in recent meetings, Bengal will hold a psychological edge. But Delhi has qualified unbeaten from Group A and hence cannot be underestimated.
"We have beaten them in recent times. So we will have a slight edge. But it ia only slender as it is as good as any match in the past. When they have qualified for the last four, they are a strong side and we respect that. More importantly we have confidence in our caapacity and potential. We have a plan and we would like to stick to it," skipoer Manoj Tiwari said.
But the way Bengal has come back roaring against Goa and Gujarat will give a lot of confidence to the side. More so at the way they defeated defending champions Gujarat in the quarters will give Bengal team a lot of self belief.
Bengal's batting has been exceptional with young Abhimanyu Easwaran, Avishek Raman, Writtik Chatterjee and comebak man Anustup Majumdar contributing heavily. The skipper himself is in fine nick, along with ever dependable Sudip Chatterjee.
With Wriddhiman Saha in all certainty replacing Sreevats Goswami and bowling attack bolstered with Md Shami the team looks perfectly poised to put any opposition in trouble. Ashoke Dinda, Md Shami and B Amit could form the pace trio with a toss up between another pacer or Pradipto Pramanik. Anustup can cime in as a handy allrounder.
"Getting Wriddhiman Saha and Md Shami is a big boost for the team the final eleven will be givwn out tomorrow and we have a ahapoy headache on who to leave out," Manoj added on team composition.
Asked about the conditions, he said: " Conditions were very good. We have an open ground and hence toss will be crucial. But whatever the conditions or result of toss we are ready to face the opposition and do it with flair and positivity."

Arindam Basu