Vijay Hazare Trophy: Chandigarh beat Assam to register third consecutive win
DEHRADUN: Left-armers Bipul Sharma and Barinder Sran picked three wickets each to guide Chandigarh to a 21-run triumph over Assam in a rain-curtailed Vijay Hazare Trophy contest at the Kasiga School Cricket Ground on Friday.
After Bipul (3 for 14) ran through the top order, Barinder (3 for 25) came in for a second spell to get rid of Assam’s lower order that gave Chandigarh four full points in the match that was reduced to 20-overs-a-side. The duo was assisted by medium pacer Shresth Nirmohi (2 for 28) while Jaskaran Singh and Gurinder Singh also picked a wicket each.
Chasing a meagre 167, Assam got off to a sound 50-run opening start, thanks to opener Swarupam Purkayastha’s calculative 27-ball 32, laced with four hits to the fence. But the introduction of Bipul, triggered a massive collapse that saw Assam lost four wickets in a span of just 9 runs.
Pacer Abu Nechim Ahmed offered some resistance towards the end with a fluent 15-ball 31, that included two fours and three massive sixes but Sran’s left-armers were too hot to handle on a pitch that had some moisture due to rain as Assam eventually collapsed for 145 in 19.5 overs.
Earlier, electing to bat on winning the toss, Chandigarh rode on a collective batting effort led by Preet Kamal’s 25-ball 34 runs, laced with three boundaries and a six, along with Bipul and Jaskaran’s fearless batting. While Bipul resurrected the innings in the company of Preet Kamal with a 49-run fourth wicket stand that saw the all-rounder slam a 22-ball 25, inclusive of two fours and a six.
Jaskaran, meanwhile came lower down the order to provide the late order fireworks that saw him blast an unbeaten 14-ball 28, laced with a couple of fours and sixes, to take the Chandigarh total to 166 for 7 at the end of their 20 overs.
Pritam Das was the pick of the Assam bowlers, accounting for three wickets, while Arup Das picked a couple of middle order wickets. Abu Nechim and Riyan Parag also chipped in with a wicket each.
With the victory, Chandigarh have vaulted to the top of the Plate Group table, with three wins from their four outings so far.
Chandigarh 166 for 7 in 20 overs: (Preet Kamal 34, Jaskaran Singh 28 not out, Bipul Sharma 25; Pritam Das 3/26, Arup Das 2/22)
Assam 145 all out in 19.5 overs: (Swarupam Purkayastha 34, Abu Nechim Ahmed 31; Bipul Sharma 3/14, Barinder Sran 3/25)