Batsmen of Tripura Under 23 cricket team let down once again with their batting effort in the second innings of the ongoing Col C K Nayudu Under 23 cricket tournament. Against host Saurashtra today Tripura bundled out for a mere 159 runs in their second innings after taking brilliant 45 runs first innings lead. Chasing 205 runs to win Saurashtra finished day three on the score of 18/0 as they need only 187 runs on last day.
Tripura started in the match well as they scored 267 runs in their first innings while the bowlers did an excellent job as they wrapped up Saurashtra innings on 222 runs and thus Tripura took crucial 45 runs today. But the batsmen failed to score big and bundled out for a mere 159 runs and that too playing 69.5 overs. Only Rajat Dey played well and scored a brilliant half century just like he did in the first innings of the match for the visiting team Tripura.
Saurashtra started day three with their overnight score of 183/8 and added 39 runs before lost their final two wickets. Viharsinh Jadeja remained unbeaten on 31 from 90 balls with 4 fours while Chudasama Yuvraj made 29 runs from 51 balls with 7 fours. Among the Tripura bowlers Subham Ghosh and Neelambuj Vats picked up 3 wickets each while Devnarayan Kumar picked up 2 wickets. Tripura took a brilliant 45 runs lead in their first innings.
In reply Tripura started their second innings in a poor fashion Arkaprabha Sinha (4) and Samrat Sutradhar (0) went out cheaply with only 15 runs on the board. Mitan Debbarma also went out after a good start as he made only 20 runs. From that position Rajat Dey once again played the role of a savior and he got well support from Shyam Sakil Gan as the duo started to build the innings. Though Shyam was slow but Rajat was timing the ball well.
In between Rajat Dey completed his second half century in the match. When it was looking that this duo will score big Saurashtra strike back and picked up the important wicket of Rajat Dey. Rajat went out after scoring 56 from 103 balls with 7 fours. The duo added 85 runs for the fourth wicket. After that Tripura faced a mini collapse as from 125/3 the whole team bundled out for a mere 159 runs as they lost their last 7 wickets for just 34 runs.
Shyam Sakil Gan was the fifth batsmen to get out as he made 35 from 140 balls with 5 boundaries. Captain Subham Ghosh went out without troubling the scorers while D Singha (2), Bikram Debnath (5), Neelambuj Vats (11) and Tapas Mandol (5) soon went to the pavilion as the whole team bundled out for 159. Among the bowlers Vivek Agath and Chudasam Yuvraj picked up 3 wickets each. Chasing 205 runs to win Saurashtra made 18/0 at the end of day three.