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Assam earn 3 points

Guwahati, Dec. 4: Hosts Assam opened their Cooch Behar Trophy under-19 plate group A cricket tournament campaign with three points by virtue of a 143-run first innings lead against Jammu and Kashmir in their first four-day match at Barsapara stadium here today.

The visitors today resumed their second innings at overnight 33 for three and rode a brilliant century by middle order batsman Parash Sharma to be four down for 206 in 97 overs when both sides agreed to call it a day without playing the mandatory overs on the last day.

J&K, put in to bat, were all out for 250 in the first innings and Assam rode a century by skipper Sanzow Brahma to pile up 393 in the first innings yesterday.

The visitors, reduced to five for three with Amlanjyoti Baruah dismissing all in the post-tea session yesterday, recovered with Sharma sharing a 147-run partnership in tandem with Zaid Mohammad (41) for the fourth wicket to remain unbeaten on 143, hitting 16 boundaries off 319 balls he faced.Abhinav Puri also remained not out on eight when both sides agreed for the draw.

The visitors tallied one point from the match.

Biku Borgohain accounted for the dismissal of Mohammad.

The last dayís play was marked by the bowling of all the Assam players, including wicketkeeper Wasiqur Rahman, taking turns in a bid to bundle out the visitors in the second innings and try for an outright victory.

However, the tandem of Sharma and Mohammad and that between Sharma and Puri hardly showed any signs of making any mistake to concede the match.

Assam will next play Gujarat in Ahmedabad from December 8 to 11.

With the Assam teamís good performance, chief selector Mukut Das hinted that an unchanged squad would be retained for the Gujarat fixture.


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