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Bengal to ‘start from zero’ versus Madhya Pradesh

MP have been quite consistent this season and Rajat Patidar is their X-factor
Players of the Bengal cricket team
Players of the Bengal cricket team
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A Staff Reporter   |   Published 14.06.22, 01:18 AM

The morale of the team is high after a convincing performance against Jharkhand in the quarter final. But Bengal are not over-confident. They are aware of the need to start afresh in their semi-final clash versus a disciplined Madhya Pradesh at the Alur Cricket Stadium (near Bangalore) beginning on Tuesday.

In the other semi-final, Mumbai face an upbeat Uttar Pradesh at the Just Cricket Academy ground. Madhya Pradesh have been quite consistent this season and Rajat Patidar is their X-factor. The batter had a successful IPL stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Bengal are aware of all that.

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“Obviously, you frequently don’t come across games where your team has scored over 700 runs. But that’s history now and we need to re-focus and begin afresh.

“When you go into a new contest, you’re beginning from zero,” captain Abhimanyu Easwaran told The Telegraph on Monday.  Senior batsman Manoj Tiwary’s knees, which were swollen after the quarter-final game, are in a much better condition now and he’s expected to feature in the semi-final.

The Alur pitch is drier and Bengal are set to play left-arm spinner Pradipta Pramanik in place of pacer Ishan Porel.

Bengal match starts: 9.30am, live on Star Sports 2



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