We have to play a catch-up game now: Raman

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 18:40 PM IST

New Delhi: Bengal coach WV Raman admitted that they are in a difficult position now and "will have to play a catch-up game" after Railways took a 48-run first innings lead.

"We need to play a catch-up game now. If we have to stay alive in the game, we need to quickly get them out," the coach said after the end of second day`s play.

"Things went wrong for us when we scored only 201 yesterday. I guess it`s the inexperience that has been our undoing," the coach added.

About the dismal show of the spin duo of Sourashis Lahiri and Iresh Saxena, Raman surprisingly again said that "inexperience" was the reason.

With Sourashis having already played 82 first-class matches and Iresh into his third season (8 wickets in 5first-class matches), inexperience could have hardly been a reason for not bowling well. It`s just that Bengal spinners lacked the variety and quality that Railways have.

The only good news amidst disappointment was that senior opener Arindam das didn`t sustain a fracture.

"It`s tissue injury but we will only take a call about him tomorrow."

When the former India opener was asked as to why Bengal team has been repeatedly failing during crunch games, he said, "I won`t say that we have performed badly this season."

PTI