Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Amit Verma shines for Assam

Riding on Amit Verma's all-round performance, Assam got the better of Jharkhand by four wickets in a Syed Mushtaq Ali East Zone Twenty20 match here at the Eden Gardens.

Amit Verma (3 for 17) chipped in with three wickets to restrict Jharkhand to 133 for nine in its allotted 20 overs before scoring an unbeaten half-century to help Assam reach 137 for six in 18.3 overs.   -  PTI

Riding on Amit Verma's all-round performance, Assam got the better of Jharkhand by four wickets in a Syed Mushtaq Ali East Zone Twenty20 match here at the Eden Gardens.

Verma (3 for 17) chipped in with three wickets to restrict Jharkhand to 133 for nine in its allotted 20 overs before scoring an unbeaten half-century to help Assam reach 137 for six in 18.3 overs.

Put in to bat, Jharkhand got off to a good start but Abu Nechim (3 for 24) took two wickets in two overs to leave them reeling at 73 for four.

Verma then accounted for the next four wickets — three with his legspin, besides effecting a run out.

For Jharkhand, Virat Singh top scored with 26 runs.

Chasing a modest target of 134, Assam struggled as Jharkhand's fast bowling combination of Varun Aaron and Rahul Shukla shared four wickets between them, while Shahbaz Nadeem and Kaushal Singh took wicket apiece.

However, Verma played a responsible knock, hitting an unbeaten 55 off 41 deliveries studded with three boundaries and four sixes to seal the victory for Assam with more than an over to spare.

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