Former Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary struck a 39-ball 61 to assist Mohun Bagan safe a facile 17-run victory over Customs on Tuesday, as cricket returned to the long-lasting Eden Gardens amid the COVID-19 pandemic with the Bengal T20 Challenge.
Put in to bat, Mohun Bagan scored 156 for 5 with Tiwary smashing three sixes and 5 fours. In reply, Customs may solely handle 139 for six on the floodlit Eden.
“It felt great to be back on the field again. Cricket has started again, nothing can be better than this,” Tiwary stated after the match.
Played in bio-secure atmosphere, six of the highest first division golf equipment of the town are vying for honours in the primary cricket event after the enforcement of lockdown.
“The Bengal T20 Challenge has been organised keeping all protocols in mind in the times of new normal. The players and support staff have been put in a bio-bubble and all COVID-19 protocols have been maintained,” Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya stated.
“As we are committed to cricket, we needed a tournament to bring them back to the ground, but it was always safety first for our cricketers and hence we have left no stone unturned to ensure that the tournament progresses without any hiccup.” Earlier, West Bengal sports activities minister Aroop Biswas inaugurated the event, unveiling the trophy.