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Cooch Behar Trophy Under-19 2016-17

Bengal lift U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy

Centurion Saurabh Singh bats for six sessions

Bengal claimed the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy 2016-17 season on the basis of a first innings lead in the drawn final against Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. After bowling the opposition out for 314, Saurabh Singh (196 off 527 balls) anchored Bengal to a first innings lead. While the middle-order collapsed, he was ably complemented in the task by Kanishk Seth (91 off 212 balls).

Earlier, after Delhi elected to bat on their home turf, they were kept in check by the Akash Pandey-led attack. After Ishan Porel gave the first breakthrough with the wicket of Manjot Kalra with 85 runs on the board, the Bengal attack struck at regular intervals. After 50 runs, Akash accounted for Ankur Kaushik and ran through the middle order with Rajarshi Mitra.

Akash claimed four for 92 while Mitra picked three and Porel took two wickets to bowl Delhi out.
However, Bengal got off to a poor start as V Malik sent back Sudip Gharami in the first over while SS Haider followed up with the wicket of Ankur Paul with the side on 45 for two.

Malik dealt a double blow after 40 runs to leave Bengal reeling at 85 for four. However, Saurabh, who had come to the crease in the first over, dug in to shape the reply. Even as wickets fell, he batted patiently to keep the innings afloat. He found an able ally in No 8 bat, Seth. Coming together at 180 for six, the pair played diligently to stitch a 182-run stand to help their team size the momentum. Their partnership helped Bengal surpass Delhi’s first innings total and claim a lead. They had taken the team to 362 when Haider sent back the lower-order batsman nine runs short of a well-deserved century. After 16 runs, Simarjeet Singh accounted for the top-order bat four runs short of a deserving double-ton. Malik and Harsh Tyagi then wrapped up the innings for 390 on the last day of the game.

Delhi were 60 for four in their second innings when play was called off on a draw on the last day. 

Brief scores: Delhi 1st inn 314/1 0 in 137.1 overs (A Rawat 77, A Pandey 4/92, R Mitra 3/65); Bengal 1st inn 393/10 in 177.1 overs ( S Singh 196, K Seth 91, V Malik 4/94); Delhi 2nd inn 60/4 in 19 overs (A Kaushik 18*, A Pandey 3/26) Match Drawn. Bengal took first innings lead

BCCI Staff

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I bowl better when I attack: Nadeem

Left-arm spinner credits ROI quicks for disciplined effort

While Gujarat held the upper-hand for the first two days of the Irani Cup match, Rest of India have kept themselves in the reckoning with a more disciplined performance on Day 3. Although they conceded a 132-run lead, the Pankaj Singh-led attack kept the Gujarat lineup in check in their second outing. 

The medium pacers – Pankaj, Md Siraj and Siddharth Kaul - kept the batsmen on a tight leash. While they claimed four wickets between them, Shahbaz Nadeem picked four for 53 with Gujarat on 227 for eight at the end of day’s play.

Reflecting on the day’s play, Nadeem said, “The kind of start that our fast bowlers gave us in the first 20-25 overs has put us in decent position. Their efforts early on has resulted in the eight wickets. They built the pressure which gave us the wickets later.”

Asked about their plans, he replied, “There was no plan as such for restricting them to a certain total. Some of their boys like Chirag (Gandhi) bat positively so the plan was that if we can curb them, then after a point, there could be an opportunity for a wicket.”

Speaking about his own efforts and the use of variations like the arm-ball, he said, “In the first innings, my effort was more towards containing the batsmen. Now there is a bit of help in the pitch too whereas there was nothing much in it during the first innings. If you use some variations on this wicket only then will you get some help. You have to vary a bit if you want to take wickets.

“I was bowling a bit slow because I knew that even if I conceded a few more runs, there are better chances of getting a wicket. So, I was trying to vary the flight and the trajectory of the ball,” he added.

Discussing his bowling further, the highest wicket-taker of the season said, “I probably should have used variations in the first innings as well which I didn’t. (But) It was also about keeping the flow of runs in check. So, the plan was to bowl in one area and contain the runs. I did what I felt was necessary to do now. If I attack, I am a better bowler because my game is like that. I am not a defensive bowler. I realised that. I spoke to people back home - my father and my brother who know me well and they too guided me.”

Reflecting on the status of the match, he said, “The match is wide open. Rest of India were in a similar situation last year (2016) and we had chased 480 runs. Now their lead is 359 so we will try to keep them to 400 odd. There are still two days to go and our batting lineup is strong. We collapsed in the first innings, it happens but we have a very good batting side and it will be a good game.”

Prajakta Pawar
Prajakta Pawar

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