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Malhotra unhappy with pitch

New Delhi: Bengal coach Ashok Malhotra is no longer hoping for six points from the Ranji Trophy match against the Services being played here.

“With this kind of pitch, I can’t see a team forcing an outright win,” he said at the end of third day’s play at Palam ground.

“This is a flat track. You can’t get anything here beyond three points. A first-innings lead could be the only reward for the team,” he added.

“We have slight advantage now because Services have lost all their important batsmen except one. They are still 21 runs away from avoiding follow on. Hopefully, we would be able to force it,” Malhotra said.

A former Test cricketer, Malhotra looked unhappy with the pitch. “Even the bouncers were coming low. That’s not right. The bowlers get little assistance here,” he said.

The Bengal coach was full of praise for his bowlers. “They did an exceptionally good job. I am very happy with Dinda. He never stopped trying and was rewarded with three wickets,” he said.

“Moreover, you get to see at least one good partnership when the chips are down.

“Perhaps we could have done better in fielding. We dropped a few catches,” said Malhotra.