November 29, 2000

Tripura batsmen defy Bihar to a draw

Tripura went into the last day of their Ranji Trophy East Zone League match played at Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur on Wednesday at 92/2 still 114 runs behind Bihar. And Tripura did themselves proud by batting all through the day and finishing at 333/7 in 135 overs. Bihar were helped by some useful partnerships all along. But the star of the day for Tripura was the right handed batsman Mridul Gupta who scored 99.

Mridul was unlucky to have got out just one short of a hundred. He faced 167 balls and hit 15 sizzling fours. There were notable scores by S Dasgupta (63) who added 78 in 24.1 overs for the fourth wicket with Mridul Gupta. C Sachdev made 37 and added 92 in 26.4 overs with Mridul for the fifth wicket. Bihar tried out nine different bowlers but none were really sharp enough to make decisive breakthroughs. Tripura earned three points by the virtue of a draw. Bihar who dominated with the bat, had to be satisfied with five points thanks to the first innings lead.