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Pacers take Bengal top of points table
30th October 2016
In a premium display of fast bowling craft, Bengal seized a 43 run win against Railways in a Group A Ranji Trophy tie Dharmshala today led by some hostile bowling of Ashoke Dinda. The won propelled Bengal to top of Group A.
Experience did the trick for Bengal, as Ashoke Dinda took 5 for   67  and Amit Kuila 3 for 53 to snatch a memorable win as the game hung in balance with Railways needing 119 to win and Bengal needing 5 wickets.
Coming out to field, Bengal had to defended the 119 runs in style as Railways folded up, for 271 chasing 315.
Railways men knew the morning would be tough, so they started scoring quickly  adding 75 quick runs to the previous night score. But they fell 43 runs short in the end. Skipper Karn Sharma remained not out at 54.
Bengal scored 205 and 214 in their two innings setting up a stiff target of 315 on a crumbling pitch after blowing them out for 105 in their first innings.
“The bowlers bowled well. Ashoke Dinda was exceptional. He used experience to read the wicket this morning and took the early advantage. We could have won the match early had the boys not dropped few catches. But they are playing well and will learn from the mistakes soon,” said coach Sairaj Bahutule.
Asked about Bengal sitting top on the points table he said, “It's a good start to the season. Still a long way to go. Just need to make sure that we are not carried away. Very happy with the team right now,” he said.
Ashoke Dinda said, "I never come under pressure. I knew I had to deliver. Just bowled in the right areas as any other day. It was good I got success. The moisture in the wicket early morning helped a bit"
With the win, Bengal (6 points) is on song rising to the top of the points table, while bad days continue for Railways (0)  as they remain at the bottom of the table.
Bengal will be playing the next match against Gujarat in Delhi from November 5.

Arindam Basu & Sayan Banerjee