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Manoj's maiden triple century, fiery pace
attack make life miserable for Hyderabad

20th January 2020
Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary hit maiden triple hundred in Ranji Trophy to bury Hyderabad under pile of runs while pacers left the visitors staring at follow-on today in Kalyani.
Resuming the day with a personal score of 156 Manoj went on to smash an unbeaten 303 off 414 deliveries as Bengal declared their innings on 635 for 7.
When asked about his feelings after smashing the triple ton Manoj said: “To be honest, I was not sure how to express my feeling. The hundred for India will always be on top. Then I guess this 303, this is my maiden triple ton and it came when Bengal were in a spot of bother."
“I was playing well, but a big knock was due. I knew I was doing well in batting and this was due. Given the situation, this is one of my best innings," he added.
Manoj hit 30 fours and five sixes and became only the second batsman from Bengal to score a triple century in Ranji Trophy after former India batsman Devang Gandhi’s 323-run effort against Assam way back in 1998.
Apart from the former Bengal skipper, Shahbaz Ahamad and Arnab Nandi showed off superb skills to smash 49 and unbeaten 65 respectively.
While defending Bengal pace duo Akash Deep and Mukesh Kumar danced through Hyderabad batting lineup to reduce them to 83/5.
Akash bagged 3 leaking 46 runs while Mukesh picked up 2 for 29.
Bengal coach Arun Lal also praised Tiwary: "He is a magnificent player. I am amazed he hasn't done this more often. He should have played more for India, undoubtedly. He is a very strong guy, fit and strong."
Hyderabad batters looks as helpless as their bowlers in front of Bengal attack while the hosts will definitely aim to enforce follow-on and bag full points from this match.

Rio Dutta