Monday, October 19, 2009

Ganguly begins season on a high

KOLKATA: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly began the season on a positive note, slamming an unbeaten 45-ball 62 in a practice Twenty20 match at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Ganguly hit two sixes and six fours to guide his team to an eight-wicket victory.

The southpaw, who retired from international cricket after Australia series last year, hit the Bengal bowlers all over the ground with disdain.

Divided into two teams - A and B - Bengal cricketers played their second T20 match before they leave for Dhanbad for the Mushtaq Ali T20 East Zone meet.

Team A featuring Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla were bowled out for 119 in 19.3 overs, while in reply, Ganguly's blazing form ensured a win with 3.4 overs to spare.

Ganguly has given his nod to play for Bengal in the home matches of Ranji Trophy and the one-dayers and on Sunday the chief selector Sambaran Banerjee hinted that the left-hander might even pad up in the away matches if situation demands.

After the practice match, Banerjee said Ganguly had a discussion with him and hinted that depending on performance of Bengal team after their first match, against Maharashtra in Pune, he would think about playing for Bengal in rest of the Ranji matches.

Bengal, who will open their zonal T20 campaign in Dhanbad on October 21 against Assam, followed by their match against Jharkhand the next day.

On October 23, Bengal will take on Orissa, while they face Tripura the next day.

Ganguly, who is expected to be back as Kolkata Knight Riders captain in third edition of Indian Premier League, however, would not play for Bengal in forthcoming T20 meet.

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