Preview: Manoj Tiwary inclusion a boost for Bengal

Manoj Tiwary, fresh from his maiden ODI century, will be the key for Bengal when they take on Delhi Getty Images

Kolkata: Dec 12, 2011

Manoj Tiwary may have been removed from Bengal captaincy but the stylish right-hander, fresh from his maiden ODI century on Sunday, will be the key to their rise from the bottom of the table when they take on Delhi in the Ranji Trophy Elite match beginning Tuesday.

In the previous two matches after Tiwary and his deputy Wriddhiman Saha were picked for national duties, Bengal under former India skipper Sourav Ganguly conceded three points to Haryana before being handed a 10-wicket humiliation at home by Tamil Nadu, to slip to the bottom with five points.

But the Bengal thinktank felt that Ganguly with his loads of international experience was the best to wriggle out of this difficult situation, handing him the baton against Delhi.

With two more matches to go for Bengal in the group B league, it’s perform or perish for the state team who dished out a poor display so far in all the departments of the game.

Their fielding had been shoddy, while bowlers lacked the bite while in batting they did not show any depth barring some sparkle from Ganguly and former skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

At this juncture, the return of an in-form Tiwary who also has back to back century and double century to be state’s leading run-getter with a colossal 199.50 average, will just give them the much-needed boost.

The same greentop will be used this time around and Bengal bowlers will hope to extract the early morning moisture, while the butter-fingered fielders who dropped four catches against Tamil Nadu to let the match slip from their hands will look to get in the act.

Having lost to Madhya Pradesh, Delhi who have just one match left in the league stage, will be equally desparate to log full points from this match to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive.

The visitors have roped in middle-order batsman Mayank Tehlan in place of Milind Kumar as the batting line-up will comprise veteran Mithun Manhas, senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand, Yogesh Nagar, all-rounder Rajat Bhatia.

Ashish Nehra will again lead the pace attack with in-form Parvinder Awana and left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan for company.

The reserve pacer will be Kuldeep Rawat while Vikas Mishra who has been named in the squad despite reports of having diagnosed with kidney or gall bladder stone will be the left-arm spin option along with offie Manoj Chauhan.

Delhi lie on the fourth position with 10 points from five outings. (PTI)

Teams (from)

Bengal: Sourav Ganguly (c), Arindam Das, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Writam Porel, Manoj Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Subhomoy Das, Mohammad Shami Ahmed, Anustup Mujumder, Ashok Dinda, Iresh Saxena, Ranadeb Bose, Sourav Sarkar, Arnab Nandy, Veer Pratap Singh and Sayan Sekhar Mondal.

Delhi: Mithun Manhas (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Unmukt Chand, Yogesh Nagar, Rajat Bhatia, Puneet Bisht, Ashish Nehra, Parvinder Awana, Pradeep Sangwan, Vikas Mishra, Ankur Julka, Mayank Tehlan, Kuldeep Rawat, Manoj Chauhan, Pawan Negi.

Time: 9 am (IST)