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Anustup, Dinda shine as Bengal restrict MP to 254/5

14th November 2018
Anustup Majumder and Ashok Dinda picked up 2 wickets apiece to help Bengal restrict gritty Madhya Pradesh to 254/5 at the end of third day in a Ranji Trophy encounter at Eden Gardens today.
Bengal ended the day with a lead of 256 runs as in the first inning the home team posted a mammoth total of 510/9 thanks to birthday boy Manoj Tiwary's unbeaten double century and Koushik Ghosh's ton.
Dinda acknowledged that it is a tough pitch to bowl on but also clarified that he doesn't have any complaints about it saying: "Our batsman scored 200 while one of their bowlers took 5 wickets and we took total 5 wickets today so it's not a bad wicket. On the fourth day the wicket will behave differently and I have no complaints about the wicket."
"We need to bowl better and play good cricket tomorrow.... First ome hour tomorrow will be very crucial to bundle them out as fast as possible, " he added.
Starting the day from 15/0 with Aryaman Birla and Ankit Dane on the crease MP lost their first wicket early as Bengal pacer Dinda removed Birla on 12.
Defending a mammoth total of 510 runs Dinda was at his lethal best to remove Dane on 38 and ended the day with a figure of 2-42.
Just when it seemed almost impossible to get anything out of the placid pitch skipper Manoj Tiwary played part time bowler Anustup Majumder as his trump card which worked very well for Bengal as the leg-break bowler picked up 2 wickets for just 20 runs we also took total 5 wickets so its not a bad wicket.
Anustup removed to set batters Naman Ojha (74) and Shubham Sharma (45) to keep Bengal's hope to earn full points alive.
Anustup who broke the 88-run partnership between Ojha and Shubham said: " I came to break the partnership (between Ojha and Shubham). That's the time when a part-time bowler comes to bowl.... I am happy to get the wickets."
Yash Dubey (20) and Ankit Sharma (9) stayed unbeaten for the visitors at the end day's play while the game was stopped before time due to bad light.

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