Kolkata: In the last match, Bengal Ranji Team won by an innings and 50 runs against Haryana. With four wins and two draws in six matches, the Bengal team has already reached the last eight of the Ranji Trophy. Bengal, led by Manoj Tiwari, topped their group with 32 points. Having reached the last eight, the last match of the group stage has become a regulation match for Bengal. The Bengali team is entering the field in the same regulation match at Eden Gardens from tomorrow.
Team in great rhythm
Abhimanyu Iswaran has been in great form for Bengal this season. Sudeep Gharami got the run. On the other hand, Anushtup Mazumder’s form in the middle order is giving Bengal confidence. Anushtup also scored a hundred for Bengal in the last match. He played an impeccable innings of 145 runs in difficult conditions. Skipper Manoj also got runs. So Bengal’s batting looks quite strong this time compared to any other year in recent times. On the other hand, the team’s bowlers are also in great form. Akash Deep took five wickets in two innings in the last match.
No Shahbaz, Mukesh
He will enter the field with the aim of maintaining his form. But unfortunately Bengal will not get the two stars of the team Shahbaz Amed and Mukesh Kumra in this match. Both the stars are part of the Indian squad for the limited overs series against New Zealand. Therefore, they cannot enter the field for Bengal against Odisha. Mukesh’s replacement Pritam Chakraborty is likely to get a chance in the Bengal team. But instead of Shahbaz, one of Shayan Shekhar Mandal or Pradipta Pramanik can get a chance in the XI.
No matter how the Bengal team reaches the Ranji quarter-finals, team coach Laxmi Ratan Shukla is determined to continue playing good cricket. Before the match, he said, ‘We play our normal game. The boys have played very well so far. The aim is to maintain that consistency in the upcoming matches. The confidence of playing well in this match will be useful in the upcoming matches.’
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