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Vikramjit Malik bagged five wickets for Himachal Pradesh © Getty Images (Representational Picture)

Tripura: Nov 8, 2013

Splendid bowling from Himachal Pradesh pacers Vikramjeet Malik (5/37) and Rishi Dhawan (4/32) saw Tripura bowled out for meagre 141 on the opening day.

The new ball pair of Malik and Dhawan wrecked Tripura’s batting order at regular intervals stamping their skipper’s decision to bowl first at Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium.

The duo bowled a stifling line and length giving away just 69 runs in the 41.3 overs between them, including 22 maidens.

Right-handed batsman Abhijit Dey showed some resolve as he made 66 off 194 deliveries on a pitch Tripura batsmen found the going tough. Opener KB Pawan (22) was the second-best scorer and was involved in a 39 run partnership for the second wicket — the highest for them.

Dey’s half century knock comprised of 13 fours.

Himachal, in reply, were 26 for one — 115 runs behind — at the close of play with opener Prashant Chopra (13) and Paras Dogra (3) still at the crease.

Sangram Singh (9) was the only wicket to fall for the visitors, who was dismissed by pacer Manisankar Murasingh.