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Bengal sucker punch Chhattisgarh as Dinda
makes it perfect 10

17th October 2017
It took a little over 40 minutes for Bengal to wipe off the tail handing out an innings and 160 runs drubbing to Chhattisgarh at Raipur on the last day of the match today. Bengal will get 7 points richer and the home team would like to forget the first home game of Ranji Trophy in a hurry.
It was a milestone match for two of the senior cricketers in the Bengal team and they turned it out to be a memorable outing for the team. Ashoke Dinda waltzed into record book claiming 10 wickets for 47 runs in his 100th first class game, while skipper Manoj Tiwary led the side to an innings victory with some aggressive captaincy and panache.
On a batting friendly track it was always going to be difficult to take 20 wickets, but the two veteran pacers rose to the occasion letting the cherry swivel, move, swing and snap at the bowlers at their masters’ call leaving the home team stuck in hedge maze.
The pacers began in a whirlwind manner in the morning and the skipper threw caution to the wind letting them bowl with nine players manning the slip cordon. This certainly put pressure of the already shaky 
Chhattisgarh batting line-up as they crumbled like a pack of cookies.
“It was not an easy wicket to bowl on. It was batting friendly and the bowlers really needed to work hard and reinvent themselves. We had decided last night that we will pull out all stops to wrap up the match and we did exactly that. This victory makes the match memorable. I am indebted to my team for playing so well. The batsmen piled up a mountain of runs and then the bowlers ran for two days to give us this victory,” skipper Manoj Tiwary said.
Asked when did he last bowl with such a cordon and that too on a wicket like this, he said:”Frankly I don’t remember. I think it was once against Assam when Ashoke was breathing fire.”  
Mohammad Shami and Ashoke Dinda began in a whirlwind fashion right from the beginning. Shami was the first to strike removing Jatin Saxena for 12 and it was followed with a two wicket burst from Dinda removing Ruikar and Manoj Singh. After this it was a matter of time before the game was wrapped up.
Dinda who finished with 3 wickets for 26 at a miserly rate of 1.9 runs an over, had a match figure of perfect 10, while Shami finished with 6 for 61 two take nine wickets in the match.

Arindam Basu