Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 08:15 [IST]
Last Update: Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 02:34 [IST]
GANGTOK,: Robin Bist’s individual brilliance was not enough to make up for a floundering top and middle order as Sikkim suffered a four-wicket defeat at the hands of Assam in the Plate Group tie of Vijay Hazare Trophy, at Chennai today.
The skipper’s knock of 120 powered Sikkim’s target to 246 but could not help the Himalayan State with a win in the league stage of the tournament.
Middle order batsmen put up a collective effort as Assam chased down the total to hand Sikkim three losses in four games.
Saahil Jain and Kunal Saaikia stitched a 106-run stand for fifth wicket as Assam went past the Sikkim total with 13 balls to spare.
After a shaky start, Sikkim bowlers did well to restrict Assam to 106/4 in 25 overs before the Jain-Saaikia partnership took the game away for their hand.
Sikkim used as many as seven bowlers. Mandup Bhutia was the most successful of all with 2 wickets for 39 runs in 9.5 overs. Anureet Singh, Palzor Tamang and Mohammed Saptula grabbed a wicket apiece.
Earlier, Bist scored his maiden hundred for Sikkim. Playing his forth List-A match for Sikkim, Bist scored a magnificent 120 of 109 balls and shared a 148-run stand with Sood (50) after Sikkim suffered early blows.
As many as three top-order batsmen got run out and medium pacer Pritam Das (5/34) rocked the middle order by dismissing Sood and Anureet in consecutive deliveries. Das was also involved in Bist’s run out in the same over. Das later added wickets of Tamang, Bhutia and Anwesh Sharma to register a five-wicket haul, taking all five wickets in a span of 15 balls.
With three loses in four matches, Sikkim are presently at fifth in the eight-team Plate Group. Sikkim will play their final league stage match against Uttarakhand on March 1.