Writtick Chatterjee: The surface offered plenty of assistance

Speaking after the third day's play, the Bengal off-spinner said that his focus was to attack the stumps and allow the pitch to do the rest.

File photo: Writtick Chatterjee took a five for 22 in Tamil Nadu's second innings.   -  Y. B. Sarangi

He remembered a precious piece of advice from spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan a few years back during Cricket Association of Bengal’s ‘Vision 2020’ programme.

“Bowl in the right areas, focus on basics,” is what Muralitharan told Writtick Chatterjee then.

And now former India leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule has been a big factor in developing Writtick, essentially a batsman, into an off-spinner.

Writtick said after his five-wicket haul here on Friday, “I basically wanted to attack the stumps and allow the pitch to do the rest. There was plenty of help from the surface and it is not getting any better.”

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Despite conceding a 74-run lead, Writtick said Bengal went into the third day seeking to bowl Tamil Nadu out and go for “six points”.

For Tamil Nadu, Rahil Shah claimed five wickets in the first innings and then had Bengal’s Koushik Ghosh caught at slip to end a 45-run opening stand in the second.

The left-arm spinner said, “It’s a 50/50 game from here. It is evenly balanced. We will have to get the in-form Manoj Tiwary out quickly and create pressure.”

Rahil felt there wasn’t as much assistance for the spinners in the final session as in the first two on day three. “The ball wasn’t turning as much. Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow and there will be more help for the spinners.”

He conceded Tamil Nadu might have been better off with an off-spinner. Rahil also felt a couple of decisions went against the home team in its second innings.