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Bowlers put Bengal U-19 on top

27th November 2022
Riding on a fine bowling performance, Bengal restricted Chandigarh to 203/7 in 82 overs at stumps on Day 2 of the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.
After putting up a fighting first innings total of 256, Bengal bowlers put up a fine show with Yudhajit Guha (2-49) being the star performer. Sayed Irfan Aftab, Sukhmeet Singh, Rahul Prasad and Milind Mondal also chipped in with a wicket each.
Paras was the pick of the Chandigarh batsmen with an unbeaten 76-run knock.
Earlier, resuming the day from overnight score of 226/8, Bengal pacer Sayed delivered with the bat by playing some fine shots to notch up a well-deserved half-century.
Enroute his 75-ball 67, he struck four boundaries and three sixes to help his side cross the 250-run knock.
In reply, Chandigarh started their innings positively as openers Arnav Bansal (27) and Nikhil (18) looked in good touch.
The home side searching for the much-needed breakthrough finally got one, when Sukhmeet dismissed Arnav caught at first slip by Subham Singh in the 13th over with team at 45.
The first wicket made way for another as Bengal managed to get rid of both the openers when Sayed dismissed Nikhil in the 16th over to have the visitors in a bit of trouble at 53/2.
Incoming batsman Ishaan Gaba (32) held the innings firmly but an unfortunate run out of Aarush Bhandari (9) in the 28th over reduced the visitors to 78-3.
Despite getting good starts, Chandigarh batsmen failed to capitalize on it as Ishaan too fell cheaply followed by Aaryan Verma (6) to leave the team in trouble at 112/5.
New batsman Paras was quite patient with his approach at the start but played some fine shorts there on to take team past the 150-run mark.
But Bengal bowlers were clinical in their approach to not let any batsmen settle in as Yudhajit and Milind struck in quick succession to reduce Chandigarh to 162/7.
But Paras and Ivraj Ranauta (9 not out) kept their cool to remain unbeaten at end the second day’s play with the visitors trailing by 53 runs.

Arindam Basu