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Railways fight back
29th October 2016
Bengal battled a nervy day, as Railways kept hopes alive reaching 196 for 5 in 81 overs to end day three in Dharamsala today. Bengal needs 5 more wickets to win.
At stumps on Day III of the Ranji Trophy Group-A tie, Mahesh Rawat was batting on 23 and Karn Sharma on 13. Railways need 119 runs to win.
Resuming the day, Bengal started well with Amit Kuila taking three quick wickets reducing Railways to 22 for 3.
“The ball was swinging early in the morning. We took advantage of the moisture in the wicket. But later in the day as the ball grew older, it became difficult for the bowlers,” said Amit Kuila.
Thereafter, in a game of turning tale, Railways batted with discipline, riding an excellent 134 runs partnership between Shivakant Shukla (81) and Arindam Ghosh (53), before the former was dismissed by Sayan Ghosh reducing them 156 for 4. Ghosh was however continuing but was trapped by the same bowler soonafter. The gritty resistance that the duo displayed was impeccable given the situation.
“We started the day well picking up three quick wickets. But after that the ball was not swinging much. They were also putting away the bad balls nicely. But our bowlers bowled well. We have now taken the new ball and will attack with it tomorrow,” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
Asked about tomorrow's plans he said, “We will try to take advantage of the moisture in the wicket tomorrow. Hope we get them out quickly,” he said. “I am quite happy at the end of the day. They are five down and need over hundred runs more to win. If we can take one or two early wickets tomorrow, we will win the game easily,” he concluded.
Bengal finished second innings at 214 early in the day adding six run to the last night total.



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