Ranji Trophy: Manoj Tiwary upbeat as Bengal face Raina-less UP

Written by | October 13, 2016 | 0

Jaipur: A confident Bengal side is hopeful of posing a strong challenge for an under-pressure Uttar Pradesh, who will be without their skipper Suresh Raina, in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter starting on Thursday.

While it will be the opening match for Bengal, Uttar Pradesh would ideally like to pick up pieces after their humiliating innings and 63-run defeat against Madhya Pradesh in their opening game in Hyderabad. For UP, Raina’s absence will affect them especially after a stinging loss. The left-hander was down with viral fever and could not bat in either innings and now he is back in national duty for the ODIs against New Zealand.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a great advantage but a bit of a psychological edge that Raina will not be there. Also UP had lost their first match which means they are under a bit of pressure. I am confident that our team would be able to execute the strategy that we have planned for this match,” Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary said.

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