November 28, 2000

Rohan Gavaskar's ton helps Bengal gain lead

Bengal and Assam carried their battle in the Ranji Trophy East Zone league match played at the North-East Frontier Railway Stadium, Guwahati, on Tuesday. Rohan Gavaskar stole the show with a brilliant century as Bengal were bowled out for 383 in 151.2 overs after tea on the third day.

Gavaskar hit nine boundaries in his innings of 114 that lasted 212 balls. Rohan was at the crease for eight minutes short of six hours. His was a well disciplined innings. Rohan and Srikant Kalyani added 169 runs for the sixth wicket in 53.1 overs, which was instrumental in helping Bengal gain a first innings lead of 92. Kalyani made a patient 75 that included nine boundaries. India discard Saba Karim again came good with the bat scoring 44. Rohan had put 69 in 27 overs with Karim before he was dismissed by Sunil Subramaniam. The left arm spinner who had started his career with Tamil Nadu proved to be the nemesis of the Bengal tail as he returned to the pavilion with the figures of 23.2-1-59-5.

Assam saw through the difficult 11 overs bowled at them by Bengal bowlers to finish at 22 without losing any wickets.