Bengal cricket team are in back foot after the first day of their 400th first-class match.
After winning the toss, Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary decided to field first. Ashoke Dinda bowled brilliantly to wrap up Baroda in just 97 runs. He took 6 wickets in this milestone match. In reply Bengal managed to score only 76. Sudip Chatterjee was the lone warrior and managed to score 37. Atit Sheth solely destroyed the back bone of Bengal batting line up by taking a 7 wicket haul.
In their second innings Baroda are 63-3 and now leading by 84 runs. Kedar Devdhar is batting on 34. Looking at the current condition of this wicket if Baroda manages to score 100 more runs on day 2 then it will be difficult for Bengal team to win this important fixture.
Bengal is now at 5th position with 15 points and Baroda is in 9th with only 3 points in hand. Previously Bengal defeated the mighty Punjab and Railway and managed draw against Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. With a dangerous bowling line up Bengal was confident to do well in their 5th match match of Group A against Baroda who is in the bottom of this group but it looks like Baroda will manage their first win from it.
Bengal played their 50th first-class match against Odisha (1954). Purnabrata Dutta was Bengal skipper in that match who scored a brilliant 110. Odisha was all out on just 58 runs and then in second innings Odisha managed only 126.
In their 100th first-class match (1967) Pankaj Roy was captain. Bengal’s oponent was Assam in this occasion. Jibon Ghosh took 7-15 which helped Bengal to end Assam in just 53 runs. In reply Pankaj Roy scored 140 and Jibon ghosh scored 92. Bengal declared their innings on 346-8. In their second innings Assam scored 148. Tapan Jyoti Banerjee was hero in this occasion by taking 6 wicket haul in their second innings.
Now on their 400th first-class match Bengal should try to repeat this performances. Ashoke Dinda had already done his job but it is now time for the batsmen to do something well and win this prestigious match.
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