November 26, 2000

Ninth wicket pair effects recovery for Tripura

An unbroken 56 run ninth wicket stand between Vijay Prajapati and Rajiv Dutta lifted Tripura to 213/8 on the first day of their East Zone Ranji Trophy clash with Bihar at the Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur. Play was called off five overs before the scheduled close because of bad light.

Bihar won the toss, put the visitors in and quickly took control, Dheeraj Kumar bowling Pranab Debnath with the fourth ball of the day. The wickets which fell regularly were shared among five bowlers. The stoutest resistance was provided by Mridule Gupta who swiftly moved to 61 (84 balls, 9 fours) before having his stumps rattled by seamer Mihir Diwakar. The end of the innings appeared near when the eighth wicket fell in the 58th over but Prajapati (37) and Dutta (23) held out for the last hour and a half.