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Arun: We need to show mental toughness

Calcutta: Bengal coach Bharat Arun said on Wednesday that his players have to show mental toughness to put it across Andhra in their Ranji Trophy Super League tie.

Andhra Pradesh took a 170-run lead on Day II after Bengal were dismissed for 98 in their first innings at the Eden.

Talking about the dismal show, Arun said the problem was in the mind. “Obviously there was a lack of mental application from the batsmen’s end. They tried to do things too hastily and brought about their own downfall. The bowlers did their job according to the plan but the batsmen failed to complement it.

“They (batsmen) must get their act right in the second innings and show some mental balance so that the first-innings debacle is not repeated,” the former India player said.

Captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, however, believed Bengal would manage to hold on to their Ranji Trophy Super League berth. According to him, the hosts were not totally out of the game and were hopeful of successfully chasing a target around 250.

Admitting that the batting has been a worry for his team throughout this season, Laxmi said: “It’s just that the team is not clicking as a whole. Hopefully it will happen in the second innings. If the target is 250-260, we are confident of chasing it,” he said.

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