Odisha outsmarts Assam in Syed Mushtaq Trophy

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Cuttack: Off-spinner Pratik Das’ maiden five-for in only his second T20 game bundled Assam out for 110 to set up an 82-run win for Odisha in the East Zone leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy here today.

Defending a total of 192 for 4, Odisha were given early wickets by the medium-pace pair of Suryakant Pradhan and Deepak Behera.

Das got the key breakthroughs, dismissing top-scorer Pallavkumar Das (34) and Swarupam Purkayastha (0) in the eighth over. He then took three wickets in five balls to leave Assam at 78 for 8 and they lasted only four overs before being bowled out for 110.

Odisha’s formidable total was built on brisk innings from Govinda Podder (47 from 29 balls) and Anurag Sarangi (43 off 30). Arabindh Singh smashed five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 18-ball 34 to boost the innings at the end.

In another match, Tripura tripped up badly in a chase of 153 as they finished 147 for 3, five runs short of the target set by Jharkhand.

Rakesh Solanki had hammered a 58-ball 76 at the top of the order to ensure Tripura were favourites, until the second ball of the final over when he was run out. The equation then became 10 off four balls. Kaushal Acharjee and Manisankar Murasingh could only manage four.

Jharkhand batting was propped up by brisk thirties from Saurabh Tiwary (35), Ishank Jaggi (30) and Virat Singh (37).

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