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Bengal look to keep momentum going
26th October 2016
With Wriddhiman Saha coming into the team, Bengal will in all probability be going with three pacers on a green top wicket against Railways at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala tomorrow. Bengal are on a high with a convincing win against Punjab, while Railways are only on 3 points from three games. Bengal are on 9 points.
The presence of Wriddhiman Saha will add muscle to the middle order, as the tail has failed to wag in the two matches Bengal has played. While, the top order is in good form with all the batsmen among runs, it is Skipper Manoj Tiwary who would be worried about the lower order that has failed to give support to the batters.
In the last five face-offs, Bengal managed only one win with two losses and two draws against Railways. But skipper Manoj Tiwary is not worried about statistics. “We don't go by the statistics. Our plan is ready. The wicket here will be lively and good for cricket. It has fresh grass on it. I think it will help the fast bowlers more.”
Asked about any special plans for Deepak Bansal, who took 8 wickets in the last match, he said:. “We have done our homework. We are ready to face any challenge from the opposition. If he has bowled well in the last match, we also have batsmen who scored run in the previous matches.”
Asked if acclimatization will be a problem, Coach Sairaj Bahutule said: “Dharmashala is in higher altitude. Here days are hot and nights are cold. But that will not be a problem for the players. We are ready to cope up with all kind of situations.”
About the wicket he said: “The wicket will support fast bowling. It has grass-cover. We would like to attack with our pace department who have bowled well so far.”
While batting looks sorted out, bowling department looks a little depleted. However, skipper Manoj Tiwary is not very concerned. “Our bowlers have done well. We have bowled the opposition out twice. So we are good.”
Ashoke Dinda and Amit Kuila have shown fine form and Pragyan Ojha is also among wickets, but it is difficult to fill the slot of the fifth bowler with both Veer Pratap Singh and Ishan Porel out. Sayan Sekhar Mandal comes in as an all-rounder

Sayan Banerjee