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Bengal look to do justice to their reputation


7th January 2018
A well balanced Bengal team looks all set to begin their domestic T20 campaign in Sayeed Mustaq Ali Meet in style when they take on Orissa in the first game at Ranchi JSCA International Stadium Complex tomorrow.
Talking about the prospects, skipper Manoj Tiwari said: “We are a very balanced side and have done well in the shortest format of the game. But that is in the past. Tomorrow it’s a new tournament and new challenges. Orissa is a very talented side and on their day they can surprise. But the team has had a short yet meaningful practice session here and we are ready for the meet.”
The Bengal contingent had a first look at the ground and the pitch today and they feel conditions will play an important role. “The wicket is made of black soil here. It looks good and solid. But we have to wait till tomorrow to see how it really behaves.”  
Coach Sairaj Bahutule said: “It’s very cold in the morning and that will have an effect on the game. Our boys have prepared well and whatever comes our way we are ready to take up the challenge.”
  The squad had a long practice session where the bowlers bent their backs and the batsmen honed the skills long and hard at the nets.
  “Our team has played very well in the season. The way they have shown character and determination is worth admiring. And mind you this is a very young side. The Ranji disappointment is there. But it is behind the team now. We are looking at the meet and hope to give the best and live up to our reputation of a good T20 side.”  
Getting knocked out of the Ranji semi-finals this season, the boys are all set to give a fierce fight to relive their memories from the last year. Having the record of most consecutive wins in the BCCI T20 carnival, Bengal is one of the consistent performers and competitive participants in the format. While the performance of the team this season has been quite good and consistent in the Ranji Trophy the boys feel that that there's more in store for them.



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