December 21, 2000

Assam crushes Tripura by an innings

A ten wicket haul in the match by K Saikia ensured Tripura being crushed by an innings and 52 runs by Assam in the Under-22 tournament match at the Polytechnic Ground in Agartala on Thursday.

Opting to bat, Tripura were reduced to 6 for 3 in the fourth over of the day. Then skipper C Banerjee (27) and A Sattar (24) took the score to 61. But the departure of the skipper led to a collapse and Tripura were all out for 101. Saikia ran through the Tripura lineup returning with figures of 5 for 15.

In response, Assam led from the front by B Singh (80 not out) amassed 363 for 6 declared. The innings was held together by two vital partnerships. First being the second wicket stand worth 74 runs between RB Indrajit (73) and PJ Das (79). Then B Singh and stumper P Sharma (59) joined together for a fifth wicket stand worth 104 runs.

262 runs in arrears, Tripura were bundled out for 210 on the final day with Saikia returning figures of 5 for 53. The score being boosted by skipper C Banerjee (58) and S Banerjee (51). Saikia ended with a tally of 10 wickets while giving away 68 runs in the bargain.

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