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Bengal pace attack too hot to handle for Andhra

27th December 2019
Wet outfield and bad light played spoilsport again as only 46 overs could be played on a day when Bengal pacers were ripping apart Andhra batting line up to leave the visitors staring at follow-on at the end of the third day in Ranji Trophy at Eden Gardens.
Bengal pace attack led by Ishan Porel followed by Mukesh Kumar, B Amit and debutant Akash Deep picked up all the 7 wickets that fell today as Andhra could amass only 110 runs and need 30 more runs to save follow-on.
Bengal pacer Ishan said after the match: "Weathe obviously helped and most importantly we were disciplined. We bowled in the right areas and we bowled well as a unit. We will definitely try to enforce follow-on and snatch as much as points we can from this match. If we four can bowl well we'll definitely do good in this tournament. We have that capability."
Mukesh gave Bengal the early breakthrough after the game saw a delayed start at 10:30 AM removing Prashanth Kumar in the fourth over to reduce them to 4/1.
Ishan bagged the wickets of top Andhra batters Hanuma Vihari (23), Ricky Bhui (0) on consecutive deliveries and K Bharat (2) later to finish with a figure of 3-35 to rattle the visitors hope.
Akash impressed on his debut tuning fine line and length however he was unlucky not to pick more than one wicket while Amit impressed with the old ball and picked onrle wicket.
While Andhra batters surrendered in front of fiery Bengal bowling attack C Gnaneshwar fought a lonely battle to resurrect their innings with a gritty 45 not out off 148 deliveries.
The game was again interrupted and this time due to bad light after the 46th over and then led to stump to lose more overs.

Rio Dutta