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Bengal lack big partnerships despite Sudip

17th December 2017
On a day when Bengal's Mr Dependable Sudip Chatterjee led the batting with another classy 83, the other top order bats flattered to deceive not being able to convert their solid starts to big scores thus finishing Day-I of the first semi-final against Delhi in Pune at 269 for seven.
This means they have at least for now handed  over the advantage button to the rivals. 
Choosing to bat first, last-match hero Abhimanyu Easwaran got dismissed cheaply for 4. Abhishek Kumar Raman and Sudip Chatterjee tried to resurrect the innings, but Raman threw his wicket after getting a start leaving Bengal at 54/2. All Bengal players could not capitalise on their good start and cement a big partnership. 
Sudeep Chatterjee stood tall at one side as he added 78 and 68 runs with Writtick Chatterjee(47), Manoj Tiwary(30) respectively before his delicate innings of 83 came to an end when he was caught in front of the wicket. Towards fag end of the day, Anustup Majumdar(32) and B.Amit(9) departed in quick succession as Bengal was tottering at 265/7. 
Eventually, Bengal finished the day at 269/7. Shreevats Goswami(19 Not Out) will have a task ahead when he will come to bat along with Aamir Gani(4 not out) tomorrow. For Delhi, Navdeep Amarjeet Saini and Manan Sharma took two wickets each, while V. Tokas, Vikas Mishra and Kulwant Khejroliya scalped one wicket each.

Ayan Das