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Sourav's double ton feat ensures Bengal's comeback

5th January 2018
Despite their astounding comeback, the Bengal U-19 boys will have to be satisfied with a point as they ended up on a draw against Team Rajasthan during their Cooch Behar Trophy ties at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Pulling the second innings of the match single handedly against their counterpart towards a massive total of 457 for 5, Sourav Pal smashed a brilliant double ton amidst uncertainties. A well crafted innings and hours of unbridled stroke play during the final day ensured the U-19 team tweaked a stalemate.
It is after a span of six years that a batsmen from the Bengal contingent scored a double ton in Cooch Behar Trophy following Koushik Ghosh's double ton back in 2011 against Tripura. Making way for a sensational innings putting up 238 runs on board, Sourav made it look like an easy affair for the Bengal boys while skipper Abhijeet looked in great shape as well putting up 93 runs.
In a post-match interaction with the Cricket Association of Bengal Sourav said, "This is my first double century and I am extremely happy to have been able to convert my century into a double ton. My coach Pranab Sir believed that I could do better and nothing makes me happier than seeing him happy. I was batting at 92 at stumps last day and I'd like to be honest that I was a bit under pressure considering the fact that I got dismissed twice in such conditions this season, for 92 against Baroda and 81 against Kerela respectively. However completing the century gave me a lot of confidence to keep pushing for runs further."
He added, "We are due to play Madhya Pradesh in the quarterfinals in few days and I am preparing for the same to contribute more to the team's overall performance."
With the Bengal team dancing passed their way into the quarterfinals, the team is hopeful to display a confident bearing and positive appproach against Madhya Pradesh.

Saptaswa Mukerjee