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Bengal have a battle at hand against Jharkhand

11th January 2018
Bengal will have to crack open a tough cookie when they take on an in-form Jharkhand in the Sayed Mushtaq Ali Meet at their home ground tomorrow.
Bengal have done well in the shortest format of the game over the last two seasons and in the first match there was no let up against Odhisa.
The top order with Shreevats Goswami and Vivek Singh has clicked with inform Sudip Chatterjee, Anustup Majumdar and skipper Manoj Tiwari to follow. The youngsters in the team have also shown the zeal to perform and have put up a good show.
The bowling attack led by Ashoke Dinda has Sayan Ghosh and Kanishk Seth to give a variety pace attack, while Writtik Chatterjee and Anurag Tiwary give enough options to the team.
Talking about Jharkhand as an opposition, Manoj Tiwari said: "They are perhaps the strongest team in the meet and playing on home conditions always is an advantage. But having said that its a matter of 40 overs and who plays better cricket in that time."
On the fact that Bengal plays second match, the skipper said: "By the time we play the pitch will be 40 overs old, so its always advisable to bat first as the wicket goes slower with every over. But then we have to take into considerations the opposition and their strengths and weaknesses."
Asked about any changes in the side, Manoj said that will be decided in the last moment.
However, Jharkhand on their home conditions are a tough side to beat. The top order of Virat Singh, Ishan Kishan, Ishank Jaggi and Saurav Tiwary are big hitters of the ball, while Sahbaz Nadeem, Varun Aron and Kaushal Singh bring the depth and variety to their bowling.
The fact that M S Dhoni had spent time with the team must have given them the impetus and neceasary wisdom from the best finisher in the game.

Arindam Basu