Bengal, Railways clash in must-win Ranji Trophy match on January 29

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Kolkata, Jan 28: With time running out fast for both the teams, Bengal and Railways will face off tomorrow in a must-win match to keep themselves in contention for quarters of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament.

Bengal will stick to their ploy of three-spin attack but more than the team combination it's the innocuous Eden surface that hardly assisted the bowlers which may give the team think-tank some reasons to worry.

Bengal, Railways clash in must-win Ranji Trophy match

After trying out greentops in their first three matches, Bengal resorted to turner against Jammu and Kashmir in the previous outing but result was no different as they settled for a third successive draw at home.

Bengal also have lost to Karnataka in their first home match this season and they have just seven points from four outings, something that reflect in their seventh place in the eight-team group A table.

Now Bengal with 11 points must win their remaining two matches, the last one versus Madhya Pradesh, to remain in the hunt for a quarterfinal spot.

"We will play for six points. One good win can change the scenario, we just need four days of good cricket," a confident Laxmi Ratan Shukla, said.

The captain will have the additional responsibility of leading the solitary seam attack as much of their success will depend on how the trio of Saurasish Lahiri, Iresh Saxena and rookie Amit Banerjee fare.

Sandipan Das, who figured in the XI in the washout match against Uttar Pradesh in Ghaziabad, is likely to sit out as Shreevats Goswami may play the specialist batsman's role.

At the same time, Bengal cannot afford to take Railways lightly with three former Bengal players in the opponents roster.


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