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Syed rescues Assam

Guwahati, Aug. 21: An unbeaten 74 by local man Syed Mohammad helped Assam overcome a top order collapse to post 258 in 77.4 overs on the first day of their two-day Buchi Babu Trophy invitation cricket tournament match against Bengal at VB Nest Cricket Academy Ground in Chennai today.

Put in to bat, Assam suffered an early setback losing a few quick wickets in opener Pallav Das (12), Rishav Das (3) and Tajinder Singh (0) before Gokul Sharma (25, 4x4) and Sibsankar Roy (41, 5x4) came to the rescue.

Syed Mohammd’s patient 74 came off 130 balls off which he went for six boundaries. Skipper Abu Nechim Ahmed also contributed a useful 52 (8x4) while Swarupam Purkayastha chipped in with 29 (3x4). However, seasoned all-rounder Dhiraj Goswami disappointed the Assam enthusiasts back home getting out for nought.

Mukesh Kumar of Bengal notched up four wickets for 80 runs while Amit Banerjee scalped three for 45.

Needing 259 runs from 100 overs to win, Bengal were 69 for no loss in 20 overs at the end of the first day. Rohan Banerjee and Arindam Das were batting on 25 (4x4) and 43 (4x4) respectively.