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Guwahati in driverís seat

Guwahati, March 24: Hosts Guwahati were in a commanding position after having enforced the follow-on against Dibrugarh on the second day of the three-day Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy Senior Inter-District Cricket Tournament Elite group semi-final league match at Nehru Stadium here today.

Resuming at the overnight score of 323 for three wickets, Guwahati piled up a mammoth total of 521 runs before being all out in 134.4 overs. Coming in to bat in the first innings, Dibrugarh were bundled out for 109 runs in 30 overs and were asked to follow on. Dibrugarh were 17 for the loss of one wicket in 12 overs when the stumps were drawn for the second dayís play.

Overnight batsman Sunzow Brahma went on to convert his 10 runs into a fine ton, scoring 104 runs off 162 deliveries which featured 13 hits to the fence. Southpaw Abhijit Singha Roy, who was at the crease with nine runs yesterday, went on to score 48 runs off 97 balls.

Rajiv Kalita was the other notable contributor with 23 runs off 27 balls while none of the lower order batsmen managed to convert their starts into respectable scores. Pacer Rituparna Phatowali picked up four wickets going for 80 runs in 20.4 overs while Amit Boro bagged two wickets conceding 57 runs in his 22 overs. Amit Chhetri, Dipu Chhetri and Jyotiraditya Chetiya took one wicket each.

In reply, Dibrugarh batsmen failed to stay in the middle for long as the side went on to be bundled out for 109 runs in 30 overs. Lower order batsman Amit Boro scored 28 runs off 26 balls while Saurav Bhagawati with 14 runs off 40 deliveries were the only notable contributors. Yadavendra Singh and Abir Chakraborty picked up three wickets each while Sujay Tarafdar and Sohail Rahman bagged two wickets each.

Forced to follow on, Dibrugarh faced an early blow with Suraj Chaturbedi returning to the dressing without opening his account. The side had 17 runs on board for the loss of one wicket till the end of the second dayís play. Jyotiraditya Chetia and Rituparna Phatowali were at the crease with nine and eight runs respectively. Sohail Rahman picked up the lone wicket to fall for three runs in his four overs.