Calcutta: Ashok Dinda is clear about his target on the final day of the Bengal-Railways Ranji Trophy quarter-final tie — at least three wickets in the first hour.
Railways are 154 runs away from a victory, while Bengal need seven more wickets.
“It’s still a 50-50 match… Railways are three down and have three more good batsmen… So we need at least three wickets in the first hour when the conditions are most helpful for the bowlers. That will expose their tail-enders and then we will be in with a very good chance of progressing to the semi-finals,” Dinda said on Saturday.
“By the lunch break on Sunday, it will be clear who will win the match… It’s a five-day match and we have to adjust our bowling accordingly. Line and length will be extremely important… I hope we will do the needful and win the match,” Dinda added.
According to Dinda, the wicket has slowed down a lot. “With the use of heavy rollers, the wicket has already slowed… It will slow further. But we are used to the Eden wicket. We know its nature,” Dinda said.
“We have won these type of matches before… Even in our last match, against Tamil Nadu, we clinched it by four runs. So let’s hope for the best,” he added.
He, however, admitted that it is a difficult job. “It’s difficult… We need to give that extra effort. If 100 per cent is not enough, we will have to give 200 per cent.”
Dinda also insisted that the Bengal camp were not at all surprised with Murali Kartik's decision to open the innings. “We were not at all surprised that Murali opened their innings… He had done so on earlier occasions… In fact, we had expected him to open in their first innings only…” Dinda said.
A win on Sunday will send Bengal to the semi-finals where they would face Maharashtra. “If we win, we will face Maharashtra… I’m optimistic that if we reach the semis, we will also reach the final,” the speedster hoped.
Dinda’s teammate, Wriddhiman Saha, too feels that anybody can win the match. “It’s still a open match… The wicket has something for both the batsmen and the bowlers… We are hopeful,” Saha said.