Chepauk, Nov 28: Bengal came back strongly to reduce Tamil Nadu to 218/7 despite B Aparajit's unbeaten half-century on day one of the Ranji Trophy, Elite Group B match here today.
Tamil Nadu won the toss and elected to bat on a surface that looked to favour the batters. But Ishan Porel bent his back and Amir and Pramanik bowled well to make sure the visitors restricted Tamil Nadu in 90 overs.
After the match Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary said, "Obviously a good day for Bengal. Opponents are 7 down, our bowlers bowled very well especially Ishan. Spinners also chipped in, so overall a good day for us. Dinda didn't get wicket but bowled an economic spell. All the bowlers bowled well."
Despite two partnerships by Aparajit with Kaushik for the second wicket for 73 runs and 60 runs for the fourth wicket with N Jagadeeshan Bengal bowlers maintained pressure on the hosts.
Bengal pacer Ishan Porel said, "Wicket was slow and low. First we had thought that if we win the toss we will bat. That did not happen. Then plan B was to bowl wicket to wicket. Stick to the basics. Bowl to the field. I got two lbws with reverse swing."
"Now the target is to bowl them out fast. Bat once and go for outright win. The wicket is already becoming rough and spinners will come into play tomorrow," the young pacer added. Aamir Gani and Pradipta Pramanik picked up 2 wickets apiece.
About the plan tomorrow Manoj said, "We want to take rest three wickets as quickly as possible tomorrow. I don't want to set any target within which I wanna
bowl them out. But I would say as quickly as possible and bat once only in this game and score big and then again put pressure on them again. That's our plan."
"Still three wickets to go cause there's one set batsman batting and other's can hang in there so we have to bowl really well and then think about batting. Obviously batters need to take more responsibilities and score big runs," the Bengal skipper added.
Aparajit remained unbeaten on 81 off 231 balls along with M Mohammed (14) at the end of the day's play. (UNI)