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Skipper Easwaran leads Bengal's fightback

19th February 2022
Bengal captain Abhimanyu Easwaran was at his usual best by staying unbeaten on 79 at the end of the third day's play after bowlers provided a platform to fightback by bundling Baroda for 255 runs in Ranji trophy opener today at Cuttack.
Chasing a target of 349 runs to win Bengal got off to a good start with a 89-run opening stand between youngster Sudip Gharami and skipper Easwaran.
Bengal skipper lauded the efforts put in by the bowling unit: "I would like to appreciate the way our bowlers have bowled they are the ones who brought us back in the game. Our bowlers have been bowling for two days back-to-back and I think all of them have done commendable jobs. We know that we couldn't live up to our reputation in the first innings but we have worked hard, had belief and our bowlers have given us the chance to turn it around. It's now about good batting, if we can bat well in the first hour tomorrow we can chase it down and go for win."
"It’s all about the belief that we can turn it around and with the batting lineup we have we are ready to give everything. It’s a decent wicket to bat on, if we can build good partnerships we can certainly chase it down," he insisted that Bengal will leave no stones unturned to win this match.
After Gharami's gritty 80-ball 27 run innings came to an end being removed by Atit Seth Bengal lost Writtck Chatterjee soon but experienced Anustup Majumder (22*) batted wisely to stay unbeaten till the end with Easwaran. Bengal ended the day on 146/2.
Earlier Ishan Porel and Akash Deep picked up 3 wickets apiece, Mukesh Kumar took 2 to bundle Baroda for 255 runs.
For Baroda Mitesh Patel was the highest scorer with a patient 100-ball 57. Bengal now need 203 runs to win the match on the last day of the game.

Rio Dutta