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Koushik hits maiden ton to give Bengal advantage

14th October 2017
A 159-run first wicket partnership and maiden century from Koushik Biplab Ghosh ensured Bengal finished the first day of their Group C Ranji Trophy tie against Chhattisgarh on formidable 283 for two.
Chhattisgarh won the toss and elected to field and the move backfired with Abhishek Raman and Koushik Ghosh showing regal form. Koushik made the most of the opportunity that presented itself in the absence of Abhimanyu Easwaran batting with style and purpose.
He first played himself in and then used the benign track to plunder 11 boundaries enroute his 114. He was run out towards the end of the play after a misunderstanding with Sudip Chatterjee. The left hander had earlier combined very well with the other left handed opener as the duo sent the hosts on leather hunt scoring at a merry pace.
"Back in the side after two years its very satisfying. The wicket was slow in the morning but as the sun beat down playing became easy. But it was a matter of concentration and playing session to session," Koushik told CAB.
"I was unlucky to get run out. I called for three after driving a ball but the throw was just too accurate. I dived but that was not enough. If we can score in excess of 450 we should be in a good position," he added.
Abhishek Raman was unlucky having missed his maiden First class century as he was caught by Khare off SA Singh just six short of the three figure mark. His 94 was studded with 13 boundaries and came off 177 deliveries.
Sudip Chatterjee picked up from where he left last time scoring freely. He notched up another half century before the end of the day remaining unbeaten on 58 and giving him company was skipper Manoj Tiwary on 14.
Mohammad Kaif used as many as 8 bowlers but to no avail and Bengal steamrolled along to seize advantage at the end of day one.

Arindam Basu