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Verma's all-round performance takes Assam to four-wicket victory

Amit Verma plays a cut during his 173 Fotocorp

Amit Verma's all-round performance helped Assam overcome Jharkhand by four wickets at the Eden Gardens. Verma hit an unbeaten fifty to follow his 3 for 17 that had restricted Jharkhand to 133 for 9 in their 20 overs.

After they were put in, Jharkhand seemed in control at 59 for 1 as the Powerplay neared its end but Abu Nechim took two wickets in two overs and the score lurched to 73 for 4. Verma then accounted for the next four wickets - three with his legspin and one run-out.

Though the target was only 134, Assam were made to struggle. The fast bowling duo of Varun Aaron and Rahul Shukla took four wickets between them while Shahbaz Nadeem took 1 for 9 in his four overs. But Verma, having come in at No. 5, held firm, making an unbeaten 55 off 41 balls to seal victory with more than an over to spare.

Odisha's bowling strength came to the fore as they defended 131 for 6 for a 10-run win over Tripura. After being invited to bat, Odisha lost quick wickets to be reduced to 26 for 3, before the middle order made brief contributions. That, along with Deepak Behera's 24 off 15 balls, lifted Odisha to 131. Medium pacers Abhijit Sarkar and Sanjay Majumder were economical and took five wickets between them.

Tripura made a steady start to the chase and were 47 for 1 in the seventh over, but slid to 76 for 7. That they crossed 100 was courtesy Gurinder Singh, who top-scored with 28 unbeaten runs at No. 7. The Tripura wickets were shared between left-arm spinner Dhiraj Singh, who took 3 for 18, and the new-ball bowlers Suryakant Pradhan and Behera, who took three wickets between them.

Assam 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st15RK DasR Parag
2nd32SA RoyRK Das
3rd4KB Arun KarthikSA Roy
4th25Amit VermaSA Roy
5th5Amit VermaS Purkayastha
6th35Amit VermaPP Das
7th21Amit VermaJ Syed Mohammad

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MAHA440160.826
BENG431120.827
JKAND4228-0.786
GUJ41340.262
RLYS4040-1.175
Super League Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA440161.283
MUM431120.544
VIDAR42280.756
DELHI4134-1.698
UP4040-0.882
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND651201.838
DELHI651201.604
KER642161.92
AP633121.832
J + K63312-0.41
MNPR6154-3.244
NAGA6060-3.876
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
VIDAR651201.083
GUJ642161.28
HP642160.705
TN642160.397
RAJ633120.758
Bihar6154-1.877
MEGHA6060-2.311
Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM651201.59
RLYS651201.264
SAU642161.241
PNJB633120.581
MP633120.179
GOA6154-0.802
SIKM6060-4.466
Group D
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA770282.959
BENG752202.259
CGARH743161.539
ASSAM743161.4
HRYNA743160.881
ODSH73412-0.157
ARPR7164-3.885
MIZOR7070-5.371
Group E
TEAMMWLPTNRR
UP751222.154
MAHA751221.249
SVCS742180.529
UKHND74218-1.287
BRODA73314-0.059
HYD7156-0.182
PONDI7156-1.238
TPURA7156-1.265