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Jharkhand take big lead

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Guwahati, Dec. 19: Hosts Jharkhand took a first innings lead of 221 runs and put Assam to follow on in the second innings on the second day of their Vijay Merchant Trophy (under-16) East Zone cricket tournament at Chaibasa in Jharkhand today.

The home side declared their first innings at overnight 408 for nine and the visitors were bundled out for 187 in 64 overs today. In their second innings, Assam were 112 for one in 43 overs.

In the first innings, Assam were never comfortable at any stage except for a 37-run partnership for the fifth wicket between middle order tandem of Deepak Singh (65, 12x4, 1x6) and Bikash Terang (16, 1x4, 2x6). Openers Riyan Parag (22, 5x4) and Akshay Narain (12, 3x4) started cautiously but could not maintain exercising the restraint for long. Skipper Abhishek Thakuri (18, 3x4) and Erik Roy (12, 2x4) also could not put up an impressive show. Akash Sengupta remained unbeaten on 21 (4x4).

Shreyam Sundaram returned with a haul of five for 59 while Imran Alam, who hit a century yesterday, and Prashant Ranjan shared two wickets each for one and 37 runs respectively.

In the second innings, too, Assam lost opener Akshay Narain for nine runs to his credit. However, Riyan Parag (22,5x4) and Deepak Singh (73, 10x4, 4x6) managed to hold fort sharing an undefeated partnership of 91 runs for the second wicket at the time of draw of stumps.

Assam still need 110 runs to make the home side bat again on the last day tomorrow.

Chess: A 16-member team from GTC Chess Foundation here is participating in the 37th All Assam Chess Championship that got under way at Nurul Amin Stadium, Nagaon from today.