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Nagaon in command

Guwahati, March 27: Nagaon were in a comfortable position against hosts Guwahati in their Elite Group semi-final round match of the Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy senior inter-district cricket tournament at Barsapara Cricket Stadium here today.

Having bundled out the hosts for a total of 162 runs in 48.4 overs, Nagaon were 108 for the loss of three wickets at stumps on Day One.

Put in to bat, Guwahati were all out for 162. Lower order batsman Sujoy Tarafdar rose to the occasion, scoring an unbeaten 100 runs off 107 balls. Hrishikesh Tamuli and Prahlad Gayan with 20 and 11 runs respectively were the only other batsmen to reach the double-figure mark.

Pacer Dhiraj Goswami was the pick of the Nagaon bowlers with five wickets in his kitty for 69 runs in 17 overs while Mrinmoy Dutta bagged three wickets conceding 51 runs off 17.4 overs. Ashok Saini and Bhaskarjyoti Konwar took one wicket each.

In reply, the Nagaon batsmen played sensibly to ensure a total of 108 runs for the loss of three wickets in 39 overs. Ashok Saini was in the middle with an unbeaten 38 runs off 59 deliveries which included four boundaries and two sixes while Bhaskarjyoti Konwar remained not out with 10 runs. Shuhel Rahman, Sujoy Tarafdar and Yadavendra Singh picked up one wicket each.

In the other semi-final at Nehru Stadium, Dibrugarh were in the driverís seat against Charaideo after piling up 362 runs for the loss of eight wickets till the completion of the minimum 90 overs of play today.

Batting first, Dibrugarh got off to a flying start with the openers Jyotiraditya Chetia and Bastab Hazarika putting up a 198-run stand. Chetia went on to execute a splendid knock of 164 runs off 169 deliveries which featured 21 boundaries and three sixes while Hazarika chipped in with 77 runs off 167 balls with 10 boundaries and a six. Amit Boro and Suraj Chaturbedi with 21 runs each were at the crease till the end of the dayís play.

Manashjyoti Gogoi and Shahid Ahmed bagged three wickets each while Sanjib Dutta picked up one.


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