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Delhi take 185-run lead over Assam

Guwahati, Dec. 31: Hosts Delhi reached a comfortable lead of 185 runs with five wickets still remaining in the second innings against Assam on the third day of their four-day Cooch Behar Trophy under-19 plate group B match at St Stephen’s College ground in New Delhi today.

On the third day, when only 18 overs of play was possible due to bad weather, Delhi, who conceded a 157-run first innings lead to the visitors, resumed their second innings at overnight 222 for two and went on to post 342 for five in 66 overs.

Overnight not out tandem of Rishab Pant and R. Sharma rallied on as the latter completed his century, sharing a third wicket partnership of 227 between the two.

Pant, who was not out on 123 overnight, ran himself out for 158, playing 166 balls off which he went for 26 hits to the ropes.

Sharma resumed at his overnight 58 to score 108 off 142 deliveries, hitting 12 boundaries, before he was caught by Amar Alam off Romario Sharma.

Romario also picked up another wicket in H. Singh (8) to make it five down for the hosts.

P. Vijayran and Y. Sehrawat were batting on 19 (2x4) and four respectively at close today.

The home side will look to post a decent lead in the morning session tomorrow, provided the weather permits, and ask the visitors to bat again to take a chance to clinch full points from the match.

For Assam, the three points from the first-innings lead if the match ends in a draw will help them through to the knockouts.

Shiva in US team: Olympian Shiva Thapa today signed up for United States of America team in the World Series Boxing Championship.

He has become the first Indian to compete for a foreign outfit in the semi-professional event.