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- Tripura tail wags to add 67 runs to overnight score of 268 versus Assam

CK Nayudu Trophy

Agartala, Nov. 21: Assam are well on course to snatch a crucial first-innings lead in the C.K. Nayudu trophy (under-22) East Zone match against hosts Tripura after scoring an impressive 271 for six at the close of play on the second day today.

Assam skipper Gokul Sharma scored a brilliant 73 not out, accompanied by all-rounder Prashant Sonowal at the wicket.

Assam scored 83 runs in just 10 overs off the Tripura tweakers.

Opener Pritam Debnath’s was the first wicket to fall. The other opener, Abhijit Singha Roy, who boosted the team score with 61 runs, laced with eight fours and a six, fell to Tripura tweaker Abhijeet De with the team score at 107.

Vishal Tyagi of Assam was the next man to go, adding only five runs to the team total.

Skipper Gokul Sharma set about steadying the innings but Utpal Medhi at the other end perished leg before wicket to Rakesh Sharma, scoring only 15 runs.

The team score at that point stood at 170.

Skipper Sharma, ably assisted by Rajiv Kalita who had scored 26, added 65 runs in the fifth wicket partnership before Kalita was stumped off Rakesh Sharma.

Hirakjyoti Das scored 44 before being bowled by Abhijeet De.

De took four wickets conceding 80 runs while left arm offie Sharma chipped in with two wickets.

The day began with Tripura adding 67 runs to their overnight score of 268 for eight wickets to end on 335 all out.

Of the 67 runs, 66 were added by Sourav Dubey who scored a double century — the first double century by a Tripura batsman in any tournament — to end on 219 runs before falling to Prakash Bhagat.

Tripura lost today’s first wicket when tailender Rakesh Sharma fell to Bhagwat scoring only a single.

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