Never batted for 10 hours in a match before this : Manoj

New Delhi: Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary who hit an unbeaten 233 against Saurashtra to keep his team in the hunt for a place in the knock-out stages of the Ranji Trophy couldn`t recall when he had batted for as long as 10 hours.

"I don`t think that I have ever batted for 596 minutes (four minutes less than 10 hours) in any first-class match. There was pressure as we needed to keep our chances of qualifying alive. I had to curb down my aggression and a play a restrained innings. I am happy that I was able to do that," Manoj said after the match.

However he termed his innings of 210 against Mumbai as his best first-class knock till date. "This one is definitely satisfying but the innings against Mumbai was a better effort in my opinion," the skipper said.

When asked about their final encounter against Railways at Karnail Singh ground which hasn`t exactly been a happy hunting ground for visiting teams, the captain said, "We would like to remain positive and put in another collective effort."

The skipper was full of praise for senior pro Sourashis Lahiri who scored his maiden century.

"There was never any dounts in my mind about Sourashis`s ability with the bat. Just that he has been grinding out a lot and is ready to spend time out there in the middle. That has paid off," the skipper stated.