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Guwahati at 63 on Day 1

- Possible setback to batting line-up following Rishav Das injury

Guwahati, Feb. 17: Top order batsman Rishav Das sustained an ankle injury during Guwahatiís elite group quarter-final match against Biswanath Chariali at Nehru Stadium here today, in a possible setback to the Assam senior teamís preparation for the Vijay Hazare Trophy limited-over cricket tournament.

Das had to be carried out for medical attention after an intended yorker by pacer Siddartha Shankar Baruah struck his ankle.

He was in the crease with five runs before being retired hurt.

Though Das has denied that the injury was serious, sources in the Assam Cricket Association said the medical exminations report was yet to be secured and its findings would be vital.

If the injury turns out to be anything grevious, Assam might face another crisis for the openerís slot in the senior team.

Another opener, Pallav Das, has been ruled out with a shoulder injury sustained during the Ranji Trophy tournament.

Last seasonís runners-up Assam will start their East zone campaign against Tripura on February 27 at Ranchi.

Earlier, the match proceeded into one hour of extension play after drizzles delayed the start of the match.

Put to bat on a surface with excessive moisture in it, the hosts managed to sit pretty with 63 runs for no loss in 14 overs of play.

Opener Pritam Debnath remained unbeaten with 33 runs off 50 balls with six hits into the fence, while Sanjow Brahma, who walked into the middle at number three, was batting with 16 runs off 32 deliveries till the end of the first dayís play.

Servo cricket: Navarang Club made it through into the semi-finals of the Servo 21st Guwahati Challenge Trophy All-Assam Prize-Money Cricket Tournament after their match against hosts River Rine Club had to be abandoned owing to bad weather at Judges Field here today.

Bud Cricket Club will play Maharana Athletic Club in the last league match tomorrow.

Referee exam: The Assam Football Association will hold the Provisional I and II refereesí examination at the Sports Authority of India ground here on March 2.

Only the active confirmed class II and III grade referees below the age of 35 years are eligible to appear for the upcoming examination.