November 29, 2000

Parag Das is Assam's hero with a brilliant hundred

Bengal and Assam played the last day of the Ranji Trophy East Zone league match at the North-East Frontier Railway Stadium, Guwahati, on Wednesday. The match ended in a tame draw. The highlight of the last day's game being the brilliant century scored by Assam opener Parag Das. Assam were 292/5 at the close of play.

Assam who were 22/0 overnight did very well in the morning session. Opener Subhrojit Saikia was the first to go in the 50th over. He made a valuable 52 which included 7 fours as he helped Parag Das add 140 for the first wicket. Zakaria Zuffri joined Parag Das and put the match away from Bengal with a commanding partnership of 98 in 28 overs. Parag Das was the next to go after making a brilliant century of 118 in 236 balls. Parag was severe on Bengal bowlers as he belted them for eighteen boundaries and two sixes. Parag was run out in the 78th over when the Assam score was an impressive 238. Assam soon lost Nishanta Bordoloi for one, caught and bowled by Saurasish Lahiri. Zakaria Zuffri looked like getting to a well deserved hundred but faltered at 82 as he was stumped by Saba Karim of Utpal Chatterjee. Zuffri was at the crease for 114 balls as he hit 12 boundaries and two sixes. Utpal Chatterjee finished with 29-10-59-2. Bengal collected five points and Assam three.