Ranji Trophy Final: ‘There is scope for a comeback,’ says Manoj Tiwary

Saurashtra coach Niraj Odedra stated his bowlers made the many of the situations to place the aspect in an advantageous place towards Bengal on the primary day of the Ranji Trophy last on the Eden Gardens right here on Thursday.

“It was a good day for us. I was pretty sure it depended on how much moisture was there on the pitch than the grass. Early in the morning we saw some moisture. We made sure to make use of the advantage,” stated Odedra.

Odedra stated his staff would look to assemble as many runs as potential. “There is no point playing defensive brand of cricket. We will play on the merit of the ball. If it’s there to defend, we will defend. If it’s a loose delivery, we will go for it.

“You cannot predict the (ideal) score. On this kind of pitch a smaller lead will not be of help. You need to make sure that you play as long as possible.”

Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary eyed a comeback whereas anticipating a extra disciplined efficiency from his bowlers. “Definitely, there’s a scope for a comeback. Still four days to go. Most importantly, it’s for us to utilise the first hour’s play tomorrow.

“Our pacers have performed well throughout the season. If they are able to replicate the same, we still can fight back.

“We never had this sort of a start this season and it had to happen in the opening session of the final. Obviously, we were not good enough. But credit to Shahbaz (Ahmed) and (Abishek) Porel to take us to a position from where we can bounce back.

“Abishek played well. It was tough in the opening session. They handled the pressure well. Overall, we needed that partnership. Abishek is young. If he has the right mindset, he can succeed,” stated Tiwary.

Source web site: sportstar.thehindu.com

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