Calcutta: Ashok Dinda feels an “outstanding team effort” has helped Bengal gain the upper hand in their Ranji Trophy tie against Saurashtra at the Eden.
“There are still two days to go in the match… We need to bat well and then hopefully things will fall into place. It’s been an outstanding team effort,” said Dinda, who took four wickets to help Bengal take a 78-run lead.
“It’s not just that I bowled well today… All of us bowled well and that helped us… Getting four wickets is always satisfying… I took four wickets versus Rajasthan too… I’m getting back my rhythm,” said the pacer.
Dinda says a lead around 350 would put Bengal in a commanding position. “I don’t have a definite target in mind… May be we’ll decide around tea when to declare… But anything around 350 would be good.”
Shib Shankar Paul’s tight spell at the opposite end made his task a bit easier, Dinda acknowledged. “That’s always the ploy… Keep it tight from one end and attack from the other… It helped,” he explained.
Dinda, who isn’t part of the national one-day side, is happy with his performance in the Ranji matches so far. “There’s been lot of talk about my form but I don’t read much into it… I’m determined to perform well… I want to do well for LR (Laxmi Ratan Shukla) and the team.”
Of his four wickets on Friday, Cheteshwar Pujara’s scalp gave him the most satisfaction, said Dinda. “Pujara’s wicket was very satisfying but all wickets were important… We have played together a lot… I played a lot under him for India A… There was a lot banter going on between us in the middle.”
Saurashtra captain Jaydev Shah felt the third day would be crucial for both teams. “Tomorrow will be crucial… if we can restrict Bengal’s lead to the minimum, then anything can happen… We need to bowl well in the second innings,” Shah said.