A win against fourth-placed Hyderabad FC at the Tilak Maidan will take them within four points of their opponents with three games left.
The red-and-gold pushed hard for a lead but some poor finishing coupled with Dheeraj's sharp goalkeeping ensured a 1-1 stalemate by the two teams for the second time this season.
According to his elder brother Hemanta, who also played as a goalkeeper for India and Mohun Bagan, Prasanta was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) in December after he developed an unremitting fever.
ISL 2020-21: Subrata Paul returns to East Bengal as Kolkata club sign Hyderabad FC goalkeeper for remainder of season
This will be Paul's second stint with SCEB after the 2008-09 season in which he bagged the Federation Cup.
SCEB now have 12 points from as many games, while it was a setback for the two-time champions Marina Machans in their bid to climb into top-four with a second successive win as they remained at sixth with 15 points from 12 matches.
ISL 2020-21: East Bengal maintain unbeaten run after Scott Neville's injury-time equaliser against Kerala Blasters
Jordan Murray put Kerala ahead in the 64th minute before Neville's stoppage-time equaliser (90+5) ensured that SCEB extended their unbeaten run to six games.
ISL 2020-21: AIFF overturns Danny Fox's red card, East Bengal defender eligible to play against Bengaluru
The committee was convinced that Fox's sending off after his sliding tackle on FC Goa's Alexander Romario Jesuraj "was an error apparent on the part of the referee and called for rectifying the same in the interests of fair play" and necessitated overturning of the red card and the subsequent one-match ban.
ISL 2020-21: East Bengal's Bright Enobakhare scores stunning goal against FC Goa as teams share spoils
SC East Bengal played most part of the second half with 10 men after captain Daniel Fox was sent off in the 56th minute.
In a battle between two bottom-rung teams, who are winless from seven matches, Robbie Fowler-coached SCEB appear favourites on paper and they would hope to overcome their attacking woes that have plagued the team so far.
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The 19-year-old Jeakson Singh headed the ball out of Debjit Majumder's reach to score an equaliser with less a minute left before the final whistle.
The Manuel Marquez-coached side remained unbeaten with nine points from five matches. Hyderabad FC are placed fifth in the 11-team standings.
SC East Bengal suffered their third defeat on the trot on Saturday, going down to NorthEast United 0-2, and Fowler claimed that two refereeing decisions went against his side.
The win took the Highlanders to the second spot with eight points as they remained unbeaten from four matches.
ISL 2020-21: Robbie Fowler's SC East Bengal aim to revive fortunes as they take on NorthEast United FC
East Bengal are yet to score in the league and has conceded five goals in its opening two fixtures. The team lost to ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC and are languishing at the bottom of the points table.
ISL 2020-21: East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler says he didn’t mean disrespect, Indian players ‘can always be better’
Following the loss to Mumbai, the Liverpool legend was critical of "some" of his Indian players and had said they have not got "good coaching in the years gone by".
Robbie Fowler named a defensive formation against the well-set ATK Mohun Bagan with Balwant as the sole striker, putting the experienced Jeje Lalpekhlua on the bench, something that did not work out.
ISL 2020-21: Missed chances hurt Robbie Fowler's East Bengal as ATK Mohun Bagan claim bragging rights in Kolkata Derby
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ISL 2020-21: ATK Mohun Bagan's Sandesh Jhingan hopes coach Antonio Lopez Habas has 'perfect plan' for East Bengal
The traditional Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal rivalry finds a new and snazzy platform post their mergers with ATK and Shree Cement respectively.
SC East Bengal joined the ISL only in late September and that gave them very little time to prepare for the competition but the club has recruited smartly under the guidance of Robbie Fowler as the legacy club aim to dazzle on debut.