Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: MP bowlers set up five-wicket win

Madhya Pradesh bowlers restricted Assam to 101 for eight in 20 overs after captain Naman Ojha won the toss and elected to field first.

Madhya Pradesh registered its first win of the season after its first match had been abandoned due to rain. (Representative image)   -  The Hindu

After rain washed out its first match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Madhya Pradesh made the most of the opportunities in its second game and beat Assam by five wickets.

At the Bandra Kurla Complex on Saturday, Madhya Pradesh rode on a three-wicket haul by offie Saransh Jain to restrict Assam to a below-par 101-8. And then, chased down the total in 16.3 overs, courtesy a 45-run stand by Parth Sahani and Venkatesh Iyer.


Put in to bat first, a young Assam side got off to a steady start, with its openers Pallav Kumar Das and Parvez Aziz forging a 48-run stand. But things went haywire after their dismissals. With not much experience, the middle-order collapsed, making things tough for Assam.

While all eyes were on young Riyan Parag -- who shot to fame with his successful stint with the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL last season -- the young gun could only contribute five runs before being caught by Saransh off Sahani. With Parag gone, Assam’s hopes of putting up a big total were also dashed. Even though stumper Wasiqur Rahman played an unbeaten knock of 26, that wasn’t enough.

Chasing a rather easy total, Madhya Pradesh suffered early jitters, losing its opener Ashutosh Sharma for 19. But a rather seasoned unit ensured there was no slip-up. Even after captain Naman Ojha’s dismissal for 12, Sahani and Iyer guided the team home.

Brief scores: Assam 101-8 (Pallav Kumar Das 33, Wasiqur Rahman not out 26; Saransh Jain 3-13, Ankit Sharma 2-10, Parth Sahani 2-10) lost to Madhya Pradesh 102-5 (Parth Sahani 27, Venkatesh Iyer 26; Abhilash Gogoi 3-24)
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