‘Keeper anchored the innings helping the team post 275
The effervescent Team Rajasthan wicket-keeper Dishant Yagnik imposed himself with three-figure score (100) against Bengal. His agility behind the stumps that triggered four caught behinds and one stumping were an icing on the cake but the sparkling cherry on top was stolen away by the Manoj Tiwary camp as they won the thriller by 2 wickets. Losing the toss for the fourth consecutive time, Rajasthan was made to bat first again at MRF-Pachiyappa’s Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
Walking in as an opener, Yagnik stay put on the crease till 44th over and anchored the innings splendidly. The southpaw’s wagon wheel suggests that en route his ton he smashed 12 boundaries and a six that encompassed almost every part of the ground. Cameos from Salman Khan (35), Puneet Yadav (34) and TN Dillon (37) notched the target to a considerable 275.
But as the fate had it, the potent bowling unit spearheaded by Pankaj Singh agonizingly fell short of extracting a win. Star of the previous game against Gujarat, pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti and another teenager spinner Rahul Chahar were the ones who provided breakthroughs regularly, but inability of others to chip in with wickets cost the team. Both the colts took 3 scalps each. While the skipper and speed sensation Nathu Singh (1 wkt) ensured that runs were not leaked, they couldn’t assert with wickets, particularly that of Sudeep Chatterjee (85*) who had major stakes in the win for he was the one who kept his nerves in check while the wickets on the other end tumbled down. Sreevats Goswami and A Eswaran had earlier laid a solid platform with their 47 and 79 respectively.
Reacting on his century and the loss, Dishant Yagnik said, “Today I felt that luck plays a lot of role. I’m happy that with this 100 I could contribute but despite all-round effort of the team we lost. My both the centuries in Ranji one-dayers by chance have come when I have opened.”
Big score is a rarity and in absence of support from the batting counterparts, Rajasthan bowlers have since a very long time found themselves ploughing a lone furrow. “If a player stacks a big score, it gives momentum to the team. So it was on my mind that if I get a start, I will try to convert it big. Our medium-pacers are outstanding and in fact they are the best in business in the country, so giving them support with the bat definitely means we can strengthen the team’s chances of winning. But we were absolutely unlucky today,” contemplates the vice-captain.
Refusing to blame anyone for the loss, the centurion felt that it were a few close calls of run-out that if they had been converted into dismissals, the match had gone in their favour.