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Sunday , December 16 , 2012
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Shami wants to score

Calcutta: Bengal’s Shami Ahmed, who claimed four wickets on Saturday, wants to perform with the bat now and save Bengal from conceding the first-innings lead.

Bengal trail the visitors by 36 runs. Opener Arindam Das was at the crease along with Shami. “I’m aware of my responsibility… I have to provide good support to Arindam, who is batting well. We need to negotiate the moisture on the pitch in the first session and show more determination. Even a lead of 10 runs will be vital on this wicket,” Shami said.

The Bengal seamer said it is an advantage that Bengal will be batting fourth on the wicket. “I think batting will be easier in the fourth innings. If we can restrict them to a small total in the second, we will be in with a good chance to register an outright win,” said Shami.

Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla said he is still hopeful of a comeback.

“The bowlers have done a decent job by bundling out Hyderabad for 115. But the batsmen failed to get going. We need to introspect and rectify our mistakes. There is no need to criticise the players. We have to concentrate on playing as a team. ”