Bengal strikes back
27th October 2016
After being bowled out for 205, Bengal derailed Railways reducing them to 37 for 4 at stumps on opening day of Group-A Ranji Trophy match at Dharmashala today.
Ashok Dinda was the hero of the day as he first played a masterly little cameo of 30 off26 balls and then took two wickets for 17 runs to disrupt Railways scheme of things.
Earlier, Railways won the toss and chose to put Bengal on a surface that had both grass and movement. Railways made best use of the conditions bowling with verve and gusto making life difficult for Bengal. Anureet Singh did not take long to remove A Easwaran (8) pegging back Bengal at 10 for one. But the second wicket partnership between Sayan Sekhar Mandal and Sudip Chatterjee showed promise notching up 52 runs when Mandal was bowled by Amit Misra for 25. With the scorecard showing only 62 runs Bengal suffered a mini collapse with Tiwary and Saha finding their wickets dislodged by Amit Misra with no addition to the score.
Manoj Tiwary said: “The wicket had bounce and the ball was moving. It was helping the seamers. 14 wickets fell in the day. I am quite happy with the position we are in at the end of the day. Tomorrow our plan will be to get them out as early as possible and then put some runs on the board. But I think it will be a low scoring game.”
Sudip kept fighting a lone battle at one end as wickets kept falling. As he tried to push the score running out of partners he was caught and bowled by Anureet Singh. It was a late flourish from Dinda whose 26 ball cameo had five boundaries that gave some respectability to Bengal’s score.
“He batted really well. Played a matured innings at a time when it was required for the team. He was putting away the bad balls nicely. Unlucky, he missed out on a hundred,” Manoj later said.
If Anureet and co. made most of the conditions in the morning, Bengal bowled with imagination and control when their turn came. While Ashoke picked two wickets, Amit Kuila 1/8 and Sayan Ghosh 1/12 made life difficult for the Railway batters. At stumps Shivakant Shukla and Anureet were batting at 8 and 3 runs respectively.
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Arindam Basu (with inputs from Sayan Banerjee)