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Bengal will look to end Gujarat's purple patch
4th November 2016
With 15 points from three matches, Bengal would look to continue the winning momentum when they take on an equally upbeat Gujarat in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi tomorrow.
While Bengal will be confident beating Railways in a tight match, Gujarat will not remain on the backfoot either having picked up 15 points from three matches also. In fact they have a better run rate than Bengal catapulting them to the top of the group.
The last five meetings between the two sides have yielded in stalemates, with Bengal taking first innings lead thrice. The last match was played in the session 2012-13.
“We shall definitely look for a win. Gujarat is a good side they are playing well in the tournament so far. We have our plans ready to handle any situation. The wicket looks good for batting but it will also assist the bowlers as the game progresses. Haven’t decided the playing eleven yet, will decide it tomorrow morning,” said Coach Sairaj Bahutule.
Bengal will be a happy side with all top order batsmen and leading bowlers finding form early in the tournament. The only concern will be the long tail that has refused to wag.
“The wicket looks good for batting but it will crack and turn slightly as the game progresses. We are thinking of going with two spinners, but the final decision will be taken tomorrow morning,” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
Asked about the team’s overall performance he said, “We expect the batsmen to convert the good starts into big scores. In the last two matches the openers got us a good starts, but couldn’t carry on with it, But overall I am happy that the batsmen have got runs and showed application,” he said.
“We have a good track record against Gujarat. We will stick to the basics. This match is important for us. Hope we get a good result,” he added. Gujarat will be relying mostly on the inform skipper Parthiv Paltel, who played well in the last match against Uttar Pradesh, and also the top order that is performing well. In case Jasprit Bumrah and RP Singh plays will add an advantage to the squad, otherwise the bowling unit will be lead by H. Patel, who took eleven wickets in the last match.

Sayan Banerjee