Assam beat Tripura, keep hopes alive in Mustaq Ali T20 tourney
Kolkata: A four-wicket haul by pacer Abu Nechim Ahmed and half century by Sibsankar Roy kept Assam in hunt for a berth in the main round as they downed Tripura by 11 runs in the East Zone league for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament played here on Thursday.
In pursuit of 153, Tripura were in control with 87 for three in the 13th over but Abu Nechim (4/21) triggered the collapse picking twice in the next over and they went on to lose three wickets without any addition to the tally.
Skipper Yogesh Takawale led the chase with 36 runs from 35 balls (2x4, 1x6) before left-arm spinner Parvez Aziz gave the breakthrough, while Abu Nechim dismissed the in-form Manisankar Mura Singh and Vijay Bhardwaj for ducks as Tripura were restricted to 141/8 to hand Assam their second successive victory.
Assam, who defeated Odisha yesterday, remained in the contention occupying second place in the table behind leaders Bengal with eight points from three matches, while it was the end of the road for Tripura after suffering a hattrick of losses.
Earlier, Sibsankar Roy struck a 36-ball 53 studded with eight boundaries to help Assam recover from a jittery start after skipper Gokul Sharma opted to bat. Roy along with Pritam Debnath (35 from 24 balls; 2x4, 2x60 shared 79-run for the fifth wicket but Assam went on to lose five wickets in 16 runs that included four run-outs to fold their innings for 152 in 19.4 overs.
Assam 152 in 19.4 overs (Sibsankar Roy 53, Pritam Debnath 35) bt Tripura 141/8 in 20 overs (Yogesh Takawale 36; Abu Nechim 4/21) by 11 runs.