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Pace to remain Bengal's secret recipe

31st October 2017
The hosts keep faith in the bowling attack as they gear up to take on Himachal Pradesh tomorrow in a Group D encounter at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
As the Bengal team awaits their first encounter in a home match against counterpart Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, both the teams underwent long hours of practice ahead of the the match day.
After annihilating Chhattisgarh with a domineering 7 point performance, the Bengal bench is all set to dictate terms in the upcoming four day. Two week's rest seems to have added to their vigour and stamina. The green top on the pitch coupled with a tad bit of moisture will hopefully provide the Bengal bowling attack what they need should they win the toss and decide to field.
"The last two games have been really good for the Bengal team and we have played good cricket. We have got a good break of two weeks as well. The players have recovered well. It is going to be the first home match for us and playing at the Eden Gardens is always a pleasure as the atmosphere here is electrifying and rejuvenating. The wicket looks great and we look forward to play good cricket in the coming four days," said Sairaj Bahutule, Bengal coach.
Asked about the plans of team after a successful win against Chhattisgarh Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, "The last match was an outright win for our team. Bengal is playing at home after a year and half. We had a good practise for four days. Physical fitness has been looked into. We have planned to proceed step by step. First we need to ensure three points and then dive for six and if possible seven."
With the amount of moisture and green cover in the pitch the team combination has been withheld at the discretion of the management until tomorrow, the batters await a tough time ahead.
"With Dinda and Shami in the ranks we have a good bowling lineup in Bengal. Shami has been playing in the India test team so he knows his role and has been delivering well in the nets and Dinda has evolved a lot and knows where to deliver so we have experienced bowlers in our squad. There are a lot of youngsters who have been performing really well and have been learning from the experienced and we look forward to play good cricket and win this since it is a home game and we know the pitch better," added the Bengal skipper.

Saptaswa Mukerjee