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Syed shines in Assam win

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Guwahati, Aug. 22: All-rounder Syed Mohammad today turned out to be a local hero. He finished with a five-wicket haul to fashion a thrilling 59-run victory for Assam against Bengal at VB Nest Cricket Academy Ground in Chennai and book a quarter-final berth for the first time in the Buchi Babu Trophy invitation cricket tournament.

Chasing a modest target of 259 in 100 overs, Bengal resumed at the overnight 69 for no loss but lost wickets at regular intervals to be bundled out for 199 in 54.5 overs.

Overnight unbeaten opening tandem of Rohan Banerjee (34, 5x4) and Arindam Das (48, 4x4) could not last long this morning and their dismissals triggered the collapse of the Bengal innings. Sudip Chatterjee topscored for Bengal with a strokeful 50, laced with six hits to the ropes, while international Manoj Tiwari contributed steady 20 (1x4) and Shreevats Goswami chipped in with 14 (2x4).

Left-arm spinner Syed Mohammad wreaked havoc throughout the innings for a haul of five for 58 off 19 overs while part-time spinner Sibsankar Roy notched up two for 23. Syed had yesterday rescued Assam from a top-order batting collapse with an unbeaten knock of 74 runs and was ably supported by skipper Abu Nechim Ahmed with a 52-run and Roy with 41 runs.