The frail looking right-hander scored 88 runs in Bengal's meager first innings score of 142 in 47.3 overs on a wicket which was distinctly under-prepared.
    
It showed when Odisha were bundled out for 107 in 29 overs with young off-spinner Aamir Gani picking up a career best 6 for 34. He was well supported by left-arm spin duo of Pragyan Ojha (2/25) and debutant Anurag Tiwary (2/26).
    
With a small but important first innings lead of 35 runs, Bengal openers Easwaran (20 batting) and Sayan Sekhar Mondal (3 batting) added 23 runs in 9 overs in the second essay. The overall lead swelled to 58 runs with the match unlikely to last even three full days.
  

                                  Abhimanyu with his team mate SD Chatterjee
 
The highlight of the day certainly was young Easwaran, who has scored a total of 108 runs on a single day on a track where the entire Odisha team managed a run less.
     
In his first innings, he nearly carried his bat through for the 156-ball effort that had 10 boundaries and a six. He was the last man out after adding an invaluable 46 runs for the final wicket with debutant Anurag (2).


                                         Abhimanyu Easwaran after his half century

Credit should be given to No 11 batsman Anurag for hanging in there for as long as 48 minutes. After Abhimanyu's 88, the next highest score for Bengal was Shreevats Goswami's
17 followed by Gani's 15.
     
"The pitch was difficult to bat on. The key is to play your shots as late as possible and you have to show a lot of resolve," Abhimanyu said after his three-hour 22 minute stint at the crease, which is also Bengal's first innings span.


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