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Shukla, Wridhiman Saha frustrate Assam

By Sports reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 17 � A 131-run sixth wicket unbroken partnership between Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Wridhiman Saha put host Bengal in comfort zone on the opening day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Super League match against Assam.

On a tricky Eden Gardens track in Kolkata today, Bengal were 257 for five at stumps overcoming a critical situation.

Opting to field first, Assam bowlers struck early and the hosts lost top three batsmen for 58. But skipper Manoj Tiwary batted with determination and contributed a solid 50 which came off 74 balls. Manoj�s knock enabled Bengal to cross the 100-mark. But fall of two quick wickets in the form of Writom Poral and Manoj again put Bengal in trouble. The hosts lost their fifth wicket at the total of 126.

Finally, Laxmi and Wridhiman put their act together and remained unseparated with individual scores of 75 and 60 respectively.

For Assam, Ranjit Mali took two wickets while Abu Naschim Ahmed, Dhiraj Goswami and Arlen Konwar took one wicket each.

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Shukla, Wridhiman Saha frustrate Assam

GUWAHATI, Nov 17 � A 131-run sixth wicket unbroken partnership between Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Wridhiman Saha put host Bengal in comfort zone on the opening day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Super League match against Assam.

On a tricky Eden Gardens track in Kolkata today, Bengal were 257 for five at stumps overcoming a critical situation.

Opting to field first, Assam bowlers struck early and the hosts lost top three batsmen for 58. But skipper Manoj Tiwary batted with determination and contributed a solid 50 which came off 74 balls. Manoj�s knock enabled Bengal to cross the 100-mark. But fall of two quick wickets in the form of Writom Poral and Manoj again put Bengal in trouble. The hosts lost their fifth wicket at the total of 126.

Finally, Laxmi and Wridhiman put their act together and remained unseparated with individual scores of 75 and 60 respectively.

For Assam, Ranjit Mali took two wickets while Abu Naschim Ahmed, Dhiraj Goswami and Arlen Konwar took one wicket each.