Guwahati, Dec. 30: A five-wicket haul by medium pacer Amar Alam helped Assam take a 157-run first innings lead against hosts Delhi in their Cooch Behar Trophy under-19 cricket tournament plate group B match at St Stephenís College ground in New Delhi today.
Chasing Assamís first innings total of 270, the hosts were bowled out for 113 in 29.5 overs in the first innings in the pre-lunch session today. Asked to follow on, the hosts, however, piggybacked on an undefeated century by opener Rishab Pant to pile up 222 for two in 48 overs in the second innings at the draw of stumps on the second day of the four-day affair.
In their first innings, Pant topscored for his side with 37 (6x4) while middle order bat P. Singh chipped in with 17 (1x4) to share a 37-run partnership between the two for the third wicket before Alam bowled Pant out.
Pantís dismissal when the scoreboard read 64 in 16.3 overs triggered the Delhi collapse.
Alam returned with the figures of five for 38 off nine overs while fellow paceman Mrinmoy Dutta scalped three for 30 and Rajakuddin Ahmed notched up the remaining two for 33 runs.
In the second innings, the home side lost a couple of wickets in opener S. Ranjan (27, 4x4, 1x6) and P. Singh (4) to another devastating spell by Mrinmoy Dutta. The side was reduced to 81 for two in 17.4 overs with Dutta taking the scalp of both the batsmen.
However, Pant (batting on 123, 21x4) and R. Sharma (batting on 58, 6x4) shared an undefeated partnership of 141 runs for the third wicket to consolidate the innings and ensure that the opponents bat again. Assam will look forward to the pace trio of Ahmed, Alam and Dutta to repeat todayís show in capitalising on the morning session advantages to restrict the hosts to a modest lead before they go in to bat in the second innings.
Wushu: Manipur claimed the overall team championís title bagging 27 medals including 13 gold in the 12th Junior National Wushu Championship, 2013 which concluded at Khuman Lampak indoor stadium today.