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Arup, Krishna restrict Services

By Sports reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 5 � Pacers Arup Das and Krishna Das restricted Services to 102 for eight on the opening day of the four-day Group C Ranji Trophy match at the Barsapara stadium today.

Services captain Yaspal Singh elected to bat first, perhaps considering the record of the previous match where Himachal Pradesh scored 549 for the loss of four wickets in the first innings.

But the decision fired back and in the possible 33.1 overs, they lost as many as eight wickets.

On a damp wicket the Assam medium pacers Arup Das, who was out of the squad for illness in last two matches, and his new ball partner Krishna Das took four and three wickets respectively while spinner J Syed Mohammad took one. The visiting had a poor start losing half of the wickets before reaching 50. Debutant Nakul Sharma (32) and Aman Chanderkant Sharma (21) were the only notable batsmen for the Services team.

Earlier, the host team decided to leave out of form Abu Nechim Ahmed. Batsman Parvez Aziz also was included in the playing eleven in place of Gokul Sharma.


Services 1st innings: S Chatterjee b AK Das 12, AC Sharma lbw b AK Das 21, NH Verma c & b AK Das 9, RS Paliwal c Aziz b Syed Mohammad 4, AH Gupta c & b AK Das 0, Nakul Sharma c Tarjinder Singh b K Das 32, Yashpal Singh c Arun Karthik b K Das 11, Saurabh Kumar b K Das 0, DS Punia not out 11, A Sakuja not out 0. Extras: (lb 1, w 1) 2; Total: (8 wickets; 33.1 overs) 102. Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-33, 3-47, 4-47, 5-47, 6-84, 7-84, 8-91. Bowling: Arup Das 12-2-34-4, Krishna Das 8-1-21-3, Arlen Konwar 4-0-25-0, J Syed Mohammad 9.1-4-21-1.

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