Calcutta: Bengal batsmen came a cropper on a green top in Rohtak on the opening day of their two-day practice match against Haryana XI.
At stumps, CAB XI were reeling at 48 for six in reply to Haryana XI’s 142. Sreevats Goswami (12) and Sandipan Das (8) were at the crease.
Bengal won the toss and put the hosts in on a wicket that had appreciable bounce and movement. The Bengal pacers made full use of the conditions with Monojit Ghosh and Sandipan grabbing three wickets apiece. Shib Shankar Paul also chipped in with two wickets.
Haryana XI were without former international Ajay Jadeja, who decided to rest himself.
CAB XI captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla was livid with the batsmen’s inept show. “If 16 wickets fall on a day, one can understand how the wicket is… But all said and done, we can’t blame the wicket. We played in challenging conditions… No doubt about it... But that cannot be an excuse for our disappointing show with the bat,” Shukla said from Rohtak.
“We just didn’t play well… After the bowlers, especially youngsters like Monojit and Sandipan, used the conditions perfectly, the batsmen should have done their bit to ensure their efforts didn’t go in vain. I accept that batting on this surface is not the easiest thing to do. But you won’t get flat decks everywhere you play,” he added.