Ranji Trophy 2017: How Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary’s comments fired up Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi

first_imgDelhi coach KP Bhaskar has said Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary’s comments before their semi-finals clash were “uncalled for”.Gautam Gambhir and Kunal Chandela smashed hundreds to help Delhi thrash Bengal by an innings and 26 runs and secure a berth in the final of the Ranji Trophy.”Delhi would not have forgotten that we had taken the first-innings lead against them in 2015. And if they have forgotten that, we will remind them on the field from tomorrow,” Tiwary had said before the two sides met in the last-four clash in Pune.Delhi and Bengal had last met in 2015 in which Tiwary-led side got better of Gambhir’s Delhi. The match was also infamous for a spat between the Tiwary and Gambhir in which both captains were involved in a heated exchange on the field during a group game at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.”It (Tiwary’s comments) was uncalled for. I thought they were probably overconfident, getting 850 [695 for 6] against Gujarat. How can you go with four bowlers against a side like Delhi with Gautam and some of the youngsters around? Probably that means they were relying more on their batting,” Bhaskar said.Bhaskar further praised the youngsters in the team for their spirited show so far in the campaign.”Guys like Kunal Chandela have been a revelation. Vikas Tokas played a gritty innings today along with Himmat Singh. Tokas has a slight hamstring tear, but he should recover [ahead of the final]. He bowled his heart out today,” he said.Bengal, bowled out for 286 in their first innings, fought back after the strong opening stand between Gambhir and Chandela thanks to a six-wicket haul by Mohammed Shami.advertisementHowever, pacers Navdeep Saini (4/35) and Kulwant Khejroliya (4/40) wrecked havoc in Bengal’s second innings, sharing eight wickets between them to bundle the opposition out for a paltry 86.After conceding a crucial 112-run lead in the first innings, Bengal were off to a forgettable start losing their top five wickets for mere 44 runs on the board.Vice captain Sudip Chatterjee (21), skipper Manoj Tiwary (14) and stumper Shreevats Goswami (17) managed to get the starts but failed to convert when the team needed the most even as Bengal lost their remaining five wickets within a span of 42 runs.Delhi managed to get the early breakthrough with the wicket of opener Abhishek Raman (0), thanks to pacer Vikas Tokas trapping him plumb in front.Abhimanyu Easwaran (13) and Sudip then started rebuilding the innings with a brief 27-run second wicket stand — the highest for Bengal in their second essay before Khejroliya struck with the wicket of the opener.Thereafter, it was one way traffic for the Delhi boys, as wickets began to tumble at regular intervals.Earlier, India’s red ball specialist Mohammed Shami snared six wickets to apply the brakes on Delhi, who resumed at their overnight score of 271/3 and went on to add 127 runs to their total.For Delhi, Himmat Singh contributed with a valuable 60 on Tuesday after twin centuries from openers Gautam Gambhir (127) and Kunal Chandela (113) set the tone for a grand first innings total.last_img

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