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Upbeat Bengal face Hyderabad task

23rd February 2022
Confident from their fightback against Baroda, Bengal will be eager to continue their winning momentum when they take on Hyderabad in their next Ranji trophy game starting from tomorrow at Cuttack.
Bengal have shown great character aa they bounced back to chase 349 after being bundled out for 88 runs in the first innings while Hyderabad defeated Chandigarh by 217 runs.
Bengal head coach Arun Lal's said on the eve of the match: "I have told them it was a terrific victory, great character, great fighting spirit in the last match but it's gone, now we need to focus on the next game. We have to take it day by day, hour by hour so that we can play our best cricket and focus. There's no option to get carried away with one win. We nade the last match difficult for ourselves but did exceedingly well to out of it. Let's focus on the fact that we have a long way to go."
Pacers Ishan Porel, Akash Deep and Mukesh Kumar have been contributing on regular basis for Abhimanyu Easwaran's men while all-rounders Shahbaz Ahamad and Writtck Chatterjee would be expected to give Bengal edge in both departments.
Shahbaz has been crucial in Bengal's turnaround in the last match with unbeaten 71 as he batted Bengal's way to victory with youngster Abhishek Porel who showed great determination with unbeaten 53.
Experienced campaigners Manoj Tiwary, Anustup Majumder and Sudip Chatterjee will play important roles in Bengal middle order.
In Hyderabad's bowling department the spotlight will be on Ravi Teja who registered a 6-wicket haul in their first match against Chandigarh. C Rakshan, Tanay Thyagarajan have shown discipline in their last match.
"I expect the wicket to play the same way. We have got a good start, Hyderabad won their first match too. It's an exceedingly important game for us Hyderabad is a good side, got all-rounders till the end they are playing good cricket. Changes to the playing XI would only be made if necessary and the calls will be taken tomorrow morning," the former India opener added about their opponents.
Hyderabad will miss the service of their experienced Hanuma Vihari as he's left to quarantine for India before their first test match against Sri Lanka. Tanamay Agarwal and Tilak Verma will play pivotal roles while batting.

Rio Dutta