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Assam bowlers, led by Pritam Das were on target against Odisha © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

 

Kolkata: Apr 2, 2014

 

Assam came back into the reckoning with a 35-run victory over Odisha in their East Zone league for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament played at the JU second campus ground in Salt Lake.

 

Pritam Das claimed four for 19 to be the wrecker-in-chief as the Assam medium pacer dented Odisha’s 138-run chase to be bundled out for 102 in 17.2 overs.

 

On a batting-friendly track, Odisha got off to a flying start with Abu Nechim conceding 15 runs in the first over but Arup Das (two for 19) grabbed two in two balls in the next over to trigger a collapse.

 

Opener Paresh Patel (38 from 38 balls) tried to salvage the damage Tripura bowlers got crucial breakthroughs to expose Odisha’s batting frailty, even as they were on par with the required run-rate.

 

Earlier, Sibsankar Roy (47) and Dheeraj Jadhav (33) led Assam’s batting to take their total to a fighting 137 for six after they elected to bat.

 

Assam had suffered a 44-run loss against Bengal in their opening fixture at the Eden Gardens.

 

Brief scores:

Assam 137 for 6; 20 overs (Sibsankar Roy 47, Dheeraj Jadhav 33, Rishav Das 27; Deepak Behera 2 for 23, Biplab Samantray 2 for 17) beat Odisha 102; 17.2 overs (Paresh Patel 38; Pritam Das 4 for 19, J Syed Mohammad 2 for 19, Arup Das 2 for 19, Abu Nechim Ahmed 2 for 23) by 35 runs.