A complacent Assam‘s under 23 cricket team and it’s lack of spark in its four day outing at Silchar, resulted in a huge loss on Monday.
Assam team lost by an innings and 28 runs against Madhya Pradesh in the Col. CK Nayudu Under 23 cricket tournament held at DSA Silchar from November 30 till December 3.
The innings was wrapped up on its fourth and final morning, with off spinner Rajarshi Srivastav of MP, being the wrecker in chief in the second innings of Assam, claiming 6 for 76.
Assam which managed to score 217 in its first innings with captain Abhishek Thakuri scoring 53, were bundled out in their second outing just for a paltry 156 runs, with Biplab Saikia scoring an individual best of 70 runs for Assam team for this match.
Madhya Pradesh in their lone first innings scored 401 runs with a smashing 160 by their captain, Ajay Rohera. Speaking to Northeast Now for their thumping victory, Rohera said, “I give full credit to my bowlers than my individual performance, as in a test, one needs 20 wickets to win a match. We were focused all throughout for losing our previous two matches. Today’s win too is a thing of the past for us and we now have to take one game at a time.”
Assam lost their home advantage as well as their captain, Abhishek Thakuri’s knowledge of this ground, as he hailed from this town. Speaking to this correspondent, he said, “We did not play well for which the better team won. We have a few positives to take as three of our batsman could score half centuries while pace bowler Dharani Rabha and spinner Abhinav Choudhury got some wickets.”
Whether Assam can change their fortunes as they play next against Hyderabad, or can, MP take their winning ways forward against Delhi at Rewa of Madhya Pradesh, is a thing to watch out for in a few days from now.