Bengal hopes hang on a thin rope
11th November 2017
The Bengal team finished day three of the Group D tie against Vidharbha at 86 for after the monumental collapse in the first innings which folded for 207 chasing 499 at Kalyani here today.
The first session of the day saw some quality stroke-play coming off the skipper's bat. Making full utilisation of the morning session Manoj played some quality strokes enroute his half century.
However, this lasted a short while as Rajneesh Gurbani packed him off for 50 shuddering Bengal’s tempo. Koushik Biplab Ghosh followed the captain's footsteps scoring a 50 and at a snail's pace as Bengal crumbled under pressure.
Later as the away team forced a follow on, Bengal came out and repeated the same mistakes quickly losing three wickets. While Abhishek Kumar Raman and Abhimanyu Easwaran were dismissed for 6 and 2 runs respectively, Koushik Biplab Ghosh was sent off for a nought. A 76 run partnership between Sudip Chatterjee and Manoj Tiwary however ensured a wafer thin safety.
In a post-match press interaction the Bengal captain said, “We came to the field with the mind set of taking three points, but plans went awry. But I do agree that some of their bowlers really capitalised on the condition. The visitors' batting performance is evidence to the fact that the wicket had substance to sponsor runs and had been equally helpful for the bowlers. Only we implemented late. If we bowled the way we bowled on the second day on the opening session then the results could have been different."
The skipper hoped the players would introspect and try to find their mistakes. Asked about Easwaran and Raman he said that they were talented batsmen and je hoped they will correctvthemselves sooner than later.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary and teammate Sudip Chatterjee played a patient innings after the score-line read a dismal13 for the loss of three wickets at one time. At stumps skipper Manoj Tiwary and teammate Sudip Chatterjee were at 36 and 40 respectively taking Bengal to 86.
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