Assam batsmen dazzle in drawn tie

Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Guwahati:Assam skipper Zakaria Zufri and Vasant Sarvanan scored centuries but in vain as Baroda walked away with two points by virtue of their 74 runs first innings lead as their Ranji trophy cricket match ended in a draw at the Nehru stadium here on the fourth and final day today.

The hosts lifted their standard a bit too late after conceding a vital 74 runs lead in the first innings to their stronger opponent yesterday.

Nevertheless the sparse crowd was treated to some solid batting by wicket keeper batsman and skipper Zufri who scored 106 with the help of eleven fours as Assam reached 360 for four at the end of the match.

His partner Sarvanan matched his skipper in the 148 run partnership for the second wicket with a dashing 102 with the help of twelve fours and two sixes while remaining unconquered.

Assam never stood a chance of declaring and then going for an outright win and so they chose to give their players valuable match practise ahead of their important encounter against Punjab later in the month.

Brief scores: Assam first innings 273 all out and 306 for four.

Baroda first innings: 347 all out.

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