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Assam bank on tailenders
- Hosts overcome Orissa’s total of 219

Guwahati, Oct. 12: Hosts Assam were left banking on their tailenders to fight for a first innings lead tomorrow morning, overcoming a modest first innings total of 219 by Orissa in their C.K. Nayudu Trophy (under-22) elite group C match at NF Railway Stadium here today.

On the second day, when play was called off about an hour before schedule because of poor light, the captains on either side made the job difficult for batsmen with their spin magic on a turning track.

Home side skipper Swarupam Purkayastha ripped apart the Orissa tail with a haul of four for 12 this morning to restrict the visitors to a modest total, bowling them out in 70 overs.

Orissa captain Lagnajit Samal also cast a spell with a haul of four for 59, ripping through the Assam middle order to reduce the hosts to 187 for seven in 69 overs at the draw of stumps this afternoon.

Assam started on a steady note with openers Pallav Das (27, 4x2) and Rishav Das (26, 4x4) sharing an opening partnership of 54 runs before spinner M.M. Muduli struck for two quick dismissals claiming Rishav and Kangkan Das, who was out for a duck. Samal also chipped in with the scalp of Pallav to reduce the home side to 67 for three in 30.4 overs. However, skipper Purkayastha (41, 4x6) stepped in to anchor the innings, sharing a 44-run stand with Arminder Singh Oberoi (17, 4x2).

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rajdeep Das (26, 4x4) was another significant contributor to the Assam scoreboard. All the three fell victim to Samal at regular intervals.

Prasanta Sonowal and Pritam Das were batting on 23 (4x3) and 14 (4x2) respectively at close of play.

Earlier, Orissa overnight batsman Alok Sahoo (31, 4x3, 6x2) was the first casualty of the day caught by Kangkan Das off Purkayastha who also accounted for the scalps of tailenders Muduli and A.G. Mangaraj for nought off successive deliveries in the 70th over.

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