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Sudip's ton gives Bengal advantage

6th October 2017
A sparkling ton by Bengal batter Sudip Chatterjee propped up the Bengal innings as the team begin their Ranji season against Services in Palam on a flourish.
Bengal finished day one on 341 for 3 wickets with a bright and fresh start from top order.
Services won the toss and chose to field, a move that backfired as Bengal piled on the misery of the hosts.
Bengal openers Avishek Raman and Abhimanyu Easwaran game the visitors a bright start. Raman lost his wicket for 40 bringing Sudip and Abhimanyu together. Sudip Chatterjee and Easwaran trotted effortlessly before the latter got out on 65. Sudip next formed a successful partnership with skipper Manoj Tiwary (69) as Bengal took tea at a commanding 198 for two.
"It was a good day. It panned out the way we wanted it to. But the job is half done. Our plan is to bat once and hence we need to put up a score of 500 plus. We have two set batsmen who need to do well tomorrow," Manoj told CAB website.
"I was playing well and hence getting out was a huge disappointment. Now the aim is to bowl the opposition out twice. We have the bowling attack to do it. But the batters need to do their job first and get the runs on the board," he said while talking about his form.
There is nothing called a perfect start but this was definitely a good one for Bengal. At the stumps were batsmen Sudip Chatterjee 114* (182) and Wriddhiman Saha 32 (49) at the end of the day.
"I am very happy with the score we have today. Everyone got runs. It always feels good to begin the season with a century. I just hope I can continue to contribute. But now as a team our first target will be to put up a big score," Sudip told CAB website.
"The wicket was low and slow and hence not so easy to score. But with patience we can make the difference," he added.

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