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Manoj and team humble Assam

16th January 2018
A stellar performance from skipper Manoj Tiwary saw Bengal completed the rout in Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy beating Assam by 6 wickets in the last engagement at Jharkhand's JSCA Sports Complex today.
The law average caught up with the Bengal openers Sreevats Goswami (13) and Vivek Singh (5) as they returned cheaply leaving it on skipper Manoj Tiwary to save the day.
Bengal skipper who has been getting starts but not converting them, took it upon himself to come out and steer Bengal to its target with an unbeaten 63 off 53 balls. Chasing 143 for 9, Bengal made 147 for four wickets with 17 balls to spare.
He was ably supported by Anustup Majumdar who scored a brisk 34 of 19 balls and Writtick Chatterjee who scored 31 runs off 21 deliveries.
However, it was a captain's knock today from Manoj who brilliantly paced his innings and shepherded the team beyond the finish line. What made the day more spectacular for the underrated allrounder was the kitty of 4 wickets for just 23 runs that turned the match on its head.
"It always feels good to contribute to Bengal's win. It was a matter of taking the bull by its horns and I decided that i should try and do the job," said Manoj Tiwary.
Asked about his bowling performance having bagged 9 wickets in the meet, he said: "I am working on my bowling. It is something that I am adding to my arsenal."
He went on to add that now the battle would get tougher in the national knockouts but the team was prepared. "We will be playing at home and that means we will know the conditions better. We have a competent T20 side and the boys are high on motivation after winning all the matches here. The battle will gwt tougher, but you cannot expect anything coning easy if you want to be national champions. We will take one game at a time and plan as per situation," he said.
Bengal team returns tonight.
Meanwhile, Manoj lost fourth toss in a row and Assam chose to bat. Aided by an accomplished 53 by Rishab Das the opposition posted a modest 143 as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Arindam Basu