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Odisha smells victory

Guwahati, Dec. 31: Hosts Odisha are in sight of an innings victory against Assam in their Cooch Behar Trophy plate group A match in Cuttack with the visitors reduced to 179 for six in the second innings at close of play today.

The hosts resumed at the overnight 362 for four and declared their first innings at 487 for eight in 142.3 overs today. Assam were all out for 205 in the first innings. With one more day’s play left, Assam will have to chase a target of 104 with four wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat tomorrow.

Odisha lost overnight batsman P. Pramanik (28) early this morning. However, his overnight partner A. Yadav rallied on to contribute a strokeful 79. His knock off 100 balls was laced with nine hits to the ropes and two towering sixes.

Mantu Das bagged five wickets for 104 runs bowling 38.3 overs.

Assam had a shaky start to the second innings losing four quick wickets to be reduced to 25 for four in 14.4 overs before Sunzow Brahma, who remained unbeaten on 75 at close of the third day, shared a 68-run fifth wicket stand with Sajid Khan (26) and a partnership of 49 runs for the sixth wicket in tandem with Rohit Sharma (26).

Roshan Alam was also not out on 23 at the draw of stumps today.

With a bonus point in sight, Odisha, who are currently placed third in the tally with 14 points behind Jammu and Kashmir (20) and Gujarat (16), have virtually sealed a knockout berth for themselves. Assam will finish a lowly fifth in a group of six with only 10 points.


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