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Bengal lead by 304 runs

4th March 2022
Bengal posted 437 runs in their first innings and reduced opponents Chandigarh to 133/6 at the end of the second day's play to stay on the driving seat with a lead of 304 runs in their final group league Ranji trophy match today.
Resuming the day on 329/6 Sayan Sekhar Mondal put up a defiant show with unbeaten 97 to stich two crucial partnerships for Bengal.
Bengal all-rounder Sayan who went on to shine with the ball later in the day said: "Feeling wonderful to get back for Bengal, very happy to contribute for my team and we are focused to win. Initially today the ball was moving and Manoj da (Tiwary) guided me throughout. He asked me to be patient, take my time to get set on the wicket and runs will come. Not thinking much about the missed opportunity (missing out on well-deserved century), happy to contribute for Bengal."
Sayan added 82 runs with Manoj Tiwary who scored a fluent 53 and the next 72-run partnership was built with pacer Mukesh Kumar who did a commendable job scoring 28 off 57 balls.
"We are doing very well as a team. We couldn’t bat up to our potential before this match; we talked about this and were determined to give our bowlers a big total to defend. Our bowlers are performing very well and have the ability to take all 20 wickets. Easwaran, Anustup batted superbly and Sayan put up an outstanding show with the bat later. We have worked hard for this, for a long time and the players are performing well, we are getting the results now. We will try to get rest four wickets early tomorrow and give our best to win this tie," former Bengal skipper Manoj spoke.
Jagjit Singh Sandhu was the highlight of Chandigarh bowling with five for 87.
Later pacers rattled Chandigarh batting lineup to take 6 wickets in 52 overs they bowled by Bengal today.
Experienced Nilkantha Das picked up 3 wickets, Sayan starred with the ball too bagging 2 wickets. Mukesh Kumar handed Bengal early breakthrough by removing Harnoor Singh in the fifth over.

Rio Dutta