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Shukla is positive

Calcutta: Railways’ sixth-wicket partnership is 191 runs and running, but Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla doesn’t believe that his team is in a tough situation.

“I don’t think you can say that we are in a tough situation… It’s fact that (Mahesh) Rawat and Arindam (Ghosh) have batted extremely well today… They played almost chance-less knocks.

“But we will have a chance to come back into the match in the first hour of the third day… The early morning moisture will be an important factor,” Shukla said after the second day’s play, on Thursday.

Shukla insisted that the Eden pitch, which sports a green look, is not a green top in the cricketing sense. “The wicket is getting slower… It’s not a green top. We will have to bowl well… But I strongly feel that we will stage a comeback tomorrow,” he said.

Rawat, who’s unbeaten on 105, said things got easier for him as the Bengal bowlers fed him with short-pitched balls. “Playing short-pitched deliveries is my strength… So it was easier for me to hit the boundaries as I was fed with mostly short-pitched deliveries,” he said.