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Bengal to go for win in milestone match
20th November 2016
When Bengal plays the milestione 400th first class game tomorrow at Lalhil, Rohtak, against Baroda, six points will be the only target for the boys who want to forget their performance in the last game as an aberration.
This will be Bengal's 396th Ranji Trophy match and 400th first class tie.
Speaking to the CAB Media Desk, coach Sairaj Bahutule said: "It is obviously going to be a green top. So we will play three pacers for sure. Sayan Sekhar Mondal will come in as the fourth pacer. But we have to make sure that the batting strength is not compromised."
Asked if Mukesh Kumar will get a look in, he said: "The three pacers led by Ashoke Dinda are among wickets. So it will be a difficult decision. But the good news is that Sudip (Chatterjee) has recovered and he is going to play."
"The final eleven will be picked tomorrow morning in consultation with Manoj (Tiwary)," he added.
Bengal Skipper Manoj Tiwary said: "We will dive for six points. We want to forget what happened in the last match and start afresh."
"I am happy that the tailenders showed character in the last match and put a price on their wicket. This will be needed here also. More importantly we need to build on partnerships. Top order batters need to put their hand up and perform. We need more selective strokeplay on a wicket like this. Cautious aggression will be the key to success," he said.
Asked about the bowling combination, he said: "We will go with three pacers. Mukesh (Kumar) has also recovered and come back to the squad. We will pick the final XI tomorrow."
There is good news for Bengal camp. Yusuf Pathan will give this match a miss. And everyone knows what he can do on his day. However, Bengal will have to face a team with their back to the wall. They have nothing to lose and will throw caution to the wind. They also have in form Irfan Pathan and Deepak Hooda in their ranks.

Arindam Basu