Assam struggling against Baroda on first day

Published: Sunday, November 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Guwahati:Hosts Assam were not too comfortably placed at 209 for six at the end of the opening day's play of their four day encounter with strong contenders Baroda at the Nehru Stadium here today.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first on a placid Nehru stadium wicket, Assam kept losing wickets at regular intervals despite a solid knock of 66 from Parag Das.

The seasoned opener, without his regular partner Subhrajit Saikia, who had to miss the match to personal commitments, gauged the wicket well and played the Baroda pacer and spinners at ease.

However wickets began to tumble at the other end and credit should be given to paceman Rakesh Patel who toiled hard on a flat wicket to end with figures of 59 for three.

His first skull was new opener Parvez Aziz who was caught plumb leg before as he went back to negotiate an incoming delivery.

Losing the first wicket at 33, Assam were tottering but a 72 run partnership between Das and wicketkeeper Zakaria Zufri flowered for the home team to give them some respectability.

However Zakaria was unfortunately run out at 22. Then Patel along with off-spinner Yusuf Pathan took wickets at regular intervals to restrict the home team to 209 for six in their first innings.

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