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Ranji Trophy: All eyes on young Sudeep Chatterjee as Bengal seek revenge

People are waking up to Sudeep's talent after his brilliant 192 in the opening game of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament.

Press Trust of India |December 13, 2014, 5:15 PM IST
Ranji Trophy: All eyes on young Sudeep Chatterjee as Bengal seek revenge

Kolkata: All eyes will be on Bengal's newest batting sensation Sudeep Chatterjee as the hosts will have revenge on mind as they take on defending champions Karnataka in a second round group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament, on Sunday.

While people are waking up to Sudeep's talent after his brilliant 192 in the opening game of the tournament, Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla would be itching to exact a revenge after throwing away a sureshot win against R Vinay Kumar's men in the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-finals, last month.

"That was a different format. They are quite strong as they are champions in both (four-day and one-day) formats. We will play to our potential," Shukla said about their Hazare loss last month in Ahmedabad.

Bengal were 256 for six needing 13 off the last two covers but they lost the last four wickets for the addition of six runs to concede a heartbreaking six-run loss.

The task is not that easier as Karnataka are once again the team to beat boasting a formidable batting and bowling line-up.

Bengal got three points against Baroda by virtue of first-innings lead with Sudeep playing a stellar role. The skipper also helped himself to a century in the second innings and got important wickets.

Fresh from their second successive title in the domestic one-dayers, the last year's Ranji champions Karnataka have already begun their campaign on a high trouncing zonal rivals Tamil Nadu by 285 runs after a hat-trick left-arm quick Sreenath Aravind, who also bowls occasional left-arm spin when the ball gets old.

Led by Vinay, Karnataka have an out and out seam attack with all-rounder Stuart Binny in their set-up as they would look to exploit the tinge of green at the Eden turf.

Pacer Abhimanyu Mithun also is fit and Vinay Kumar looked a tad excited to exploit the conditions early on as toss may play a crucial role.

"We may even go for four-pace attack," Vinay Kumar said when asked whether it would be easy to replace hat-trick man Aravind with Mithun. The fourth seamer would be HS Sharath.

They too have made their intention clear as veteran Shib Shankar Paul is set to be included in a three-pronged pace attack with Ashok Dinda and Veer Pratap Singh. Left-arm spinner Iresh Saxena is set to be dropped from the playing XI.

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