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Assam lose in semis

Buchi Babu cricket

Guwahati, Aug. 28: Assamís dream run in the Buchi Babu Invitation Cricket Tournament came to an end today. The team went down tamely by eight wickets against Hyderabad in the semi-finals at IC Guru Nanak Ground in Chennai today.

Chasing a target of 248 runs in 100 overs, Hyderabad today lost only two wickets to score 250 in 67 overs this afternoon. Assam, put in to bat, were all out for 247 in 90.1 overs yesterday.

Resuming at the overnight 20 for no loss, opener P. Akshat Reddy cracked a scintillating century to remain unbeaten on 148 off 201 balls. He slammed as many as 15 hits to the ropes and three sixes. His fellow opener, Tanmay Agarwal, was out for 41 (4x4) and first down Rohit Rayudu contributed 21 (4x4). K. Sumanth also remained undefeated on 38 (3x4).

While Assam key bowlers Abu Nechim Ahmed, Krishna Das, Dhiraj Goswami and Syed Mohammad could not strike for a wicket, Sarupam Purakayastha and Sibsankar Roy picked up one each for 47 and 33 runs respectively.

Yesterday, Assamís Chennai recruit Syed Mohammad missed a century by a whisker as he was out for 92 runs off 173 balls. His knock was laced with six hits to the fences and five over the ropes. Tarjinder Singh (22, 2x4, 1x6) and Sarupam Purakayastha (18, 2x4), Dhiraj Goswami (15, 2x4) and Abu Nechim Ahmed (13, 2x4) were the other notable scorers for the side.

Chess: The second SBGJ All Assam inter-school chess championship got under way at Sarala Birla Gyan Jyoti School here on today.

Altogether 135 students, including 12 international rated, are participating in the three-day Swiss league event that will conclude on Saturday.


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