Assam sneak to win in low-scoring game
Assam sneaked to a two-wicket win over Bengal in a low-scoring encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Dhanbad. Mark Ingty (3 for 28) removed Sourav Ganguly, who opened the innings, for 12 enroute to a three-wicket haul. No batsman crossed 25 as Bengal faltered against a disciplined bowling performance to be dismissed for 151. The trend continued in the Assam reply - only one batsman crossed the 25 mark- as they reached a wobbly 73 for 5 before a 60-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Vasanth Saravanan (34) and G Sharma (21) propelled them close to the target. The tail eked out contributions to take Assam home. With this win Assam have 8 points from three games while Bengal, with 9 points from three games, are perched on top of the East Zone table.
Powered by a four-wicket haul from Preetamjit Das Orissa restricted Tripura to 188 to register a 16-run win at the Tata Digwadih Stadium in Dhanbad. Das (4 for 27) rocked the top order to leave Tripura struggling at 93 for 6, and despite some contributions down the order Tripura fell short in the end. Orissa were propped up by three 30 plus scores - Biswa Mohapatra (47), Subit Biswal (47) , Rashmi Das (36) - as they reached a fighting total.