| A moment from the match between Karimganj (batting) and Morigaon at Barsapara stadium in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Feb. 28: A half century by middle-order batsman Dipankar Aditya helped Karimganj put up a first-innings total of 174 all out in 64 overs after a top order collapse against Morigaon on the first day of their three-day Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy senior inter-district plate group cricket tournament semi-final at Barsapara Cricket Stadium here today.
Reduced to seven for three in 3.6 overs after being put in to bat first in overcast conditions, Karimganj found solace in a 74-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Omkar Dutta Choudhary (25, 3x4) and Aditya (50, 8x4) for the fourth wicket.
It was the lower middle order that salvaged some pride for the Karimganj side with Amitava Das contributing 25 (4x4, 1x6), Debasish Chakrabarty chipping in with 17 (1x4, 1x6), Rajib Chakarabarty with 16 (1x4, 1x6) and Abdus Salam adding 14 (2x4).
Offspinner Deepjyoti Borah was the pick of the Morigaon bowlers, scalping three vital wickets in the middle order conceding 42 runs from 15 overs.
Pacers Rajmoni Ahmed and Manashjyoti Deka also took two wickets each for 12 and 34 runs respectively.
In their chase, Morigaon were comfortably placed at 91 for four in 30 overs at the end of the dayís play.
Morigaon, too, lost four quick wickets to be reduced to 23 for four in 8.3 overs by the onslaught of slow left arm orthodox bowler Vikrant Sehwag and off-spinner Abdus Salam on the turning track. Sehwag scalped three for 20 this afternoon.
However, middle order tandem of Sahidur Rahman and Nipjyoti Gohain came to the rescue of the side, sharing an undefeated partnership of 68 runs. While Rahman was batting on 50 (8x4), Gohain was on 14 (1x4) when stumps were drawn.