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Sarkar: New ball crucial

Calcutta: The scorecard may well reflect that Bengal have let Gujarat off the hook, at the Eden, on Saturday.

However, dismissing the Gujarat lower-order quickly on Sunday morning would enable Bengal regain the advantage, feels pacer Sourav Sarkar.

“If we restrict them to just another 40 to 45 runs, I’m confident we’ll be back on top. And if our batting clicks, we might even go on to earn full points from this game.

“At the moment, we are only waiting for the new ball to make maximum use of it” Sarkar, the pick of the Bengal bowlers with figures three for 57, said after the day’s play.

According to the 27-year-old, too much of an issue shouldn’t be made out of the let-off to Manprit Juneja — in the final session — by captain Manoj Tiwary in the first slip, off the bowling of Ashok Dinda.

“Sometimes these things do happen. One or two dropped catches don’t make us bad fielders,” Sarkar reminded.

Out of the three wickets he has taken so far, the dismissal of Niraj Patel was the most satisfying one for Sarkar.

“He (Niraj) was more intent on not offering any stroke as I kept bowling in the off-stump region. But in the end, I forced him to play and he nicked one straightaway. I do really savour this wicket,” Sarkar gushed.

Meanwhile, Tiwary’s finger-injury — sustained while he failed to grasp Juneja’s thick edge — doesn’t appear as a serious one with the captain likely to be back on the field.

“It’s a minor injury. In all likelihood, he will be taking the field (on Sunday). There’s no need to panic,” a source said.