Mangaldai Dec 2 – After a poor batting display, host Assam struck back with four first innings wickets of Orissa on the first day of the 3-day Vijay Merchant U-16 East Zone cricket tournament here today.
When stumps were drawn, the visitors were 67 for 4, 120 runs short of the Assam’s first innings total of 187. Medium pacer Amar Nasim Alam was the chief wrecker for Assam with 3 for 30 while his fellow partner Mrinmoi Dutta captured the remaining wicket.
Earlier, the host was bundled out for a small total of 187 runs on the board as five of their batsmen failed to enter double figures. During lunch, they were in a commanding position reaching 102 runs losing only one wicket but a middle order collapse later on turned the match in Orissa’s favour. Just before tea, Assam lost all its wickets.
Opener Biplab Saikia top scored with 75 runs before being run out. For Orissa, spinners Sarthak Siv Mahapattra (4/36) and Raj Kisam Patel (4/48) shared most of the Assam wickets. Earlier the match played at the Mangaldai Stadium was formally inaugurated by Vivek Raj Singh, SP, Darrang.
Brief scores: Assam (1st innings) 187 all out in 71.2 overs (B Saikia 75, R Khan 18, S Mazumdar 16 ; SS Mahapattra 4/36, RK Patel 4/48). Orissa (1st innings) 67/4 in 26 overs (S Mahananda 19 n.o. ; AN Alam 3/30, M Dutta 1/24.)