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Bengal not out of woods yet
30th November 2016
Bengal fought back riding a patient 142 runs fourth wicket partnership between Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee, before restricting Mumbai to 229 in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match today in Nagpur. Bengal finished the day at 198 for 3, leading Mumbai by 68 runs.
Resuming on the over total of 164 for 5, Mumbai managed only 65 runs this morning before being polished off within 58 overs.
Ashoke Dinda returned with figures 5 for 88, making a full use of the overnight moisture on a green top wicket. Mukesh Kumar took 3 for 56, followed by Amit Kuila’s 2 for 55.
Coming on to bat in the second innings, Bengal started narrating the same story of an affair with poor batting, by losing A. Eswaran (5) and Sayan Mandal (0) early, getting reduced to 17 for 2.
However, debutant Abhishek Raman played a good hand with Sudip Chatterjee for a while, before he was sent off reducing Bengal further to 56 for 3.
Thereafter, when everyone expected Bengal approaching yet another batting collapse, Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee steered them out for a the situation, establishing a partnership of 142 runs.
At Stumps Manoj Tiwary (85) and Sudip Chatterjee (67) are batting for Bengal, still left with a mountain ahead to climb, when they come out to play tomorrow.
“We are in a tough situation. But today we played well. Sudip is really playing some good cricket. Tomorrow morning will be crucial, if we can go pass the session without losing wickets and put on a good total for them to chase, it will not be bad,” said Skipper Manoj Tiwary.
“Anything more than 250 will be good on this surface. Also, expecting some turn will come into play tomorrow post lunch session. When they will be batting in the fourth day, with the ball turning, the task will not be easy. Our bowlers have done well so far. Hope things go in our favour,” he concluded.


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