Riyan Parag scored an unbeaten 77 off 54 balls to assist Assam put up a preventing 157 for five.© Twitter
Pritam Das stole the present with ball bagging three wickets, whereas skipper Riyan Parag flourished with an all-round efficiency as Assam defeated Bengal by 13 runs within the penultimate group tie of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Eden Gardens on Saturday. Bengal gained the toss and elected to bowl, however couldn’t make use of the circumstances as Assam rode a 77-run unbeaten effort from Parag to place up a wholesome 157 for five of their quota of 20 overs. Bengal completed on 144 for 8.
Earlier, Bengal eliminated the Assam openers early however a 76-run partnership between Denish Das and Parag for the third wicket resurrected their innings.
Denish scored 34 off 36 balls earlier than departing, however aided by a floored probability Parag did some heavy hitting to stay not out on 77 off 54 balls with 5 boundaries and an equal variety of sixes. None of the Bengal bowlers had been spared as he superbly paced his innings to prop up the whole.
Bengal started the chase in acquainted style with Shreevats Goswami and Vivek Singh discovering boundaries comfy. But they perished to dangerous pictures on 16 and 21 respectively letting go of any benefit that Bengal had.
Skipper Anustup Majumdar held on to 1 aspect however discovered no help apart from Manoj Tiwary who scored a brisk 33. He remained not out on 48 off 47 in a dropping trigger.
“It was a foul day at work. We floundered in each division. But the staff will choose itself up and battle within the final match. We aren’t giving up hope for qualifying,” Anustup stated after the tie in an announcement issued by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
Bengal will subsequent lock horns with Tamil Nadu on Monday.
Brief Scores: Assam 157/5 (Riyan Parag 77*, Denish Das 34; Ishan Porel 2-34); Bengal 144/8 (Anustup Majumdar 48*, Manoj Tiwary 33; Pritam Das 3-27).
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