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Huge target for Assam

Guwahati, Aug. 18: Andhra Pradesh today posted a challenging first innings total of 365 all out in 100 overs against Assam on the first day of their two-day Buchi Babu invitation cricket tournament at Sri Ramachandra Medical College Ground in Chennai today.

Bharath Reddy Y.K. topscored for Andhra with a patient knock of 96 runs, laced with five fours and a six, while K. Srikar Barath contributed 95 (12x4). B. Sumanth (41, 5x4) and Vision Panchal (28, 3x4, 1x6) were the other main scorers for the side.

At one stage, Andhra were reduced to 167 for five in 53.2 overs.

However, a sixth-wicket partnership between G. Chiranjeevi (66, 6x4, 1x6) and Bharath Reddy for 139 runs spurred the total to a mammoth one.

Part-time spinner Sibsankar Roy was the pick of the Assam bowlers having scalped three for 32 off seven overs.

Pacemen Dhiraj Goswami and Krishna Das also took two wickets each, conceding 63 and 82 runs while skipper Abu Nechim Ahmed had to contend with one for 58.

Assam will have to chase a target of 366 runs in 100 overs on the second day tomorrow.

Assam earlier lost their first match against hosts Tamil Nadu President’s XI.

Subham wins title: Subham Paul of Hiranprova Deb Sishumandir lifted the singles’ titles in the below Class-VII category table tennis championship of United Club in Silchar last night, reports our correspondent from Hailakandi.

Subham defeated Abhisekh Paul of the same school 11-18, 11-7, 11-9 in the final.

In the below Class-X category singles, Dey Khandelwal of Don Bosco School defeated Rajdeep Goswami of the same school 10-12, 11-3, 14-12, 11-5.

In the below Class-X category doubles, Rajdeep Goswami and Simanta Chakraborty of Don Bosco defeated Sandip Singh and Manish Koiri 11-8, 11-9, 9-11 for the title.

Arunachal girls triumph: Two siblings from Arunachal Pradesh have made the state proud by clinching gold medals for Delhi in the 10th All-India Open Karate Championship under way at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi, reports Ranju Dodum from Itanagar.

Eight-year-old Anna Hibu defeated Ananya Kumari from Haryana to tally a gold medal for Delhi in the sub-juniors karate skills demonstration (katha), while her elder sister, 10-year-old Hibu Abyang, beat Tanima Biswas of West Bengal for the gold in the kumite event yesterday.

Speaking of his daughters’ achievement, Delhi police joint commissioner Robin Hibu said: “At least I won’t have to worry for their safety when they grow up.”

Hibu, who has been involved in Delhi police’s recent efforts to create awareness about the threats that people from the Northeast face in the national capital, also suggested that women join self-defence classes for their safety.