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Bengal take Punjab challenge in do or die match

11th February 2020
The Dhruv Pandove Stadium pitch attracts all the limelight as a confident Bengal take on Punjab in a do or die Ranji Trophy Elite Group A encounter in order to qualify for the knockouts tomorrow in Patiala.
Bengal coach Arun Lal said about the wicket: "I think it's unsortable to play Ranji Trophy cricket on this surface. But yet you have to play on whatever surface you get on the other hand the board has to take a stern look into things like this, because this is a premier tournament. Having said that we are prepared for any wicket."
Bengal are now at fourth in the points table while the hosts are at sixth with 24 points. Both the teams will be desperate to turn tje table on each other to qualify.
Bengal coach Arun Lal said: "I have got lot of faith in this team. They are playing good cricket. Despite little bit of adverse due to weather we are still there. The moral is hight with the victory in the last game. We won it after being really far behind in the game, so yes everybody is very charged up and all want to do well. The desire is there."
Tje visitors will be confident of their 2-wicket victory over Rajasthan thanks to Shahbaz Ahamad's match-winning 61 not out along with two very crucial knocks from Arnab Nandi and Akash Deep while the hosts can boast of their 4-wicket win against Andhra.
Bengal will rely highly on the likes of Manoj Tiwary, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Abhishek Raman, Sreevats Goswami and Anustup Majumder while in the bowling department Shahbaz, Arnab Nandi is likely to lead along with Akash Deep and Mukesh Kumar.
About the team Lal said: "We are certainly going with three spinners. There's no point going in with too many medium pacers on this wicket. We'll take a final call tomorrow."

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