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Run outs were the turning point: Saha

Calcutta/Guwahati: Captain Wriddhiman Saha and coach Subhrajit Saikia were unanimous in describing the run outs of Ishank Jaggi and Govind Podder as the key factors for East Zone’s loss to South in the Deodhar Trophy quarter final at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati, on Sunday.

In his post-match interaction with the media, Wriddhiman said: “Both Ishank and Govind were batting well… They had settled down well…. But both were run-out. Their dismissals were vital. We lost those wickets at a time when runs were flowing. The run outs were the turning point.

“Had Jaggi not been out, the story would have been different. As for myself, I also got out at a time when the match was in the balance,” the captain said.

Saikia said Jaggi’s run out was the turning point. “Jaggi’s run out was the turning point. Besides, we also conceded some extra runs.

“The target was achievable. We had almost overhauled it, thanks to a brilliant knock by Wriddhiman… Gokul (Sharma) and Abu (Nechim) also chipped in towards the end. Pallavkumar (Das) had also given us a solid start with some big shots. Unfortunately, we fell short by 11 runs,” Saikia said.

Wriddhiman feels the wayward bowling and sloppy fielding — East conceded 30 runs in the last three overs — proved costly for the side. “We conceded 30 runs in the last three overs… It was just too much,” he said.

South captain Dinesh Karthik said it was important for his team to seize the opportunities. And he was happy that they could do that.

He said that the two run outs and Wriddhiman’s dismissal changed the complexion of the match. “They lost vital wickets in crucial times,” he said.

Apart from acknowledging Baba Aparajith’s century, Karthik also complimented his bowlers for the defending the total.

“It was a brilliant knock by Aparajith and the bowlers deserve the credit for defending the total. I was confident of our bowlers’ capability to defend it and they did it,” Karthik said. The 18-year-old Aparajith was elated after hitting a match-winning knock. “This is my first century in List A tournaments… I would like to take it forward in the season ahead," he said.

About the next outing against West on Tuesday, Karthik said: “They are a good side and we will be prepared for them. We have a day’s time to prepare… We will come back fresh and try to put up a tough fight.”