In past one week, Bengal chased down 319, then put on a total of 329 against Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Jharkhand to qualify for the final but lost the summit clash, as they failed to get past the total of 218 as Tamil Nadu won their fifth Hazare Trophy title. Till the half-time, Bengal looked favorites as both their opening batsmen (Sreevats Goswami and Abhimanyu Easwaran) scored a century in the previous game but this time, it was a miscommunication between the two that saw Bengal failing to get a good start.

“First run out was a miscommunication between Sreevats and Abhimanyu. Also, I don’t know what was going through in their mind because it was a very slow stuff, to be honest, and considering how they played in the last game, it was something which was very difficult to understand, the mindset. It also shows that they are still very young at this level. They just need to go back and make sure that are mentally matured. They need to be taught how to come across in big matches like this one. Still, we had the match. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals. That was the main problem,” said Tiwary.

It was deemed to be an easy chase for Bengal but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bundled out for 180, only to lose the game by 37 runs. On being asked whether Bengal had a specific plan to chase down the total, skipper Manoj Tiwary revealed nothing has to be said, especially when both openers scored a hundred in the last game.

“Nothing has to be said especially when they both had scored a hundred. We wanted them to stick to the wicket but the intent had to be there but it was not there. Tamil Nadu bowlers bowled in the right areas considering the fact that the wicket kept a bit low.”

Concluding the talk, an ‘upset’ Manoj Tiwary praised Dinesh Karthik’s magnificent hundred, which saw Tamil Nadu getting the better of Bengal.

“He was the only one who made the runs but 100 out of 100 times I would need 217 to chase in the final, especially when we have chased 300+ and posted 330 in the previous game. So it very difficult to understand right now but you know my ball also kept low, didn’t expect to get low but things happen when it doesn’t want to go your way. It just goes like this,” He concluded.

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