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Manoj, Anustup half-century lift Bengal

1st November 2018
Manoj Tiwary and Anustup Majumder half-centuries helped Bengal post 266/6 in their Ranji Trophy opener against Himachal Pradesh at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Amtar today.
Electing to bat first Bengal batters shrugged off their disappointing start to the season by putting on a decent display with the bat.
Bengal skipper Tiwary said: "All the batsmen got starts. They were playing well. We should have done better. At least two of them should have converted the scores into centuries. The wicket is playing slow. We have to learn from mistakes and make the best out of the situation."
Bengal got off to a good start with openers putting on a 64-run partnership till P S Chopra caught Abhimanyu Easwaran on 21 off Rishi Dhawan while Abhishek Raman hit a patient 132-ball 48.
Raman put on another 64-run partnership Sudip Chatterjee who was later caught by S N Nirmoni off G K Singh on 43 which reduced Bengal to 151/3.
After Chatterjee’s departure skipper Tiwary lead from the front along with Anustup to steer Bengal towards a 200-plus total.
Tiwary hit 55 off 85 deliveries Anustup smashed a 99-ball 52 before becoming Dhawan’s second victim.
P Jaswal and Rishi Dhawan picked up 2 wickets apiece to restrict Bengal to a decent 266/6 in 90 overs.
Shreevats Goswami departed early after being caught by Bains off Jaiswal while Aamir Gani and B Amit remained unbeaten at the end of first day’s play.
When asked about what is a good score on this pitch he said, "No score is good in that way. But if we could post 350 plus it will not be bad. We need a couple of partnerships tomorrow."
Tomorrow Bengal lower order will have a mountain to climb as whatever runs they can put on the scoreboard in the first innings will make a huge difference later.

Arindam Basu