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Advantage Assam in Ranji Trophy: Silchar's Rahul Singh picks 6 wickets against Andhra

In a gripping encounter at the Murulidhor Jalan Outdoor Stadium in Dibrugarh, Assam took command against Andhra Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy clash. Silchar’s Rahul Singh emerged as the star performer, achieving a career-best bowling figure of 6 for 46 in an impressive spell that spanned 28.1 overs.

Opting to bat after winning the toss, Andhra Pradesh found themselves struggling against captain Riyan Parag’s ploy to use left arm finger spinner Rahul Singh with the new ball. He sent opener Chengalpet Gnaneshwar back to the pavilion for just 1 run. Among Rahul Singh’s six wickets is Ricky Bhui the captain of Andhra team. It is worth mentioning here that Bhui played a man of the match knock in their previous encounter against the Bengal where they scored 445 runs to grab the points on the back of a first innings lead. Singh trapped Bhui LBW for 24 runs.

With this performance, Rahul Singh secures the best ever figures for a Silcharian in Ranji Trophy Cricket beating legendary figure in Assam Cricket, Pritam Das’ record. In Ranji Trophy competition, against Odisha in January 2007, Das took 5 for 65 in the first innings which remains his career best figure. Das is a speed star who has played over 100 matches across formats for Assam. Das was born and brought up in Silchar and is popularly known as Cachar Express.

Coming back to the match, Andhra were dismissed for a modest total of 188 runs in their first innings. Rahul Singh’s heroics were complemented by Mukhtar Hussain and Akash Sengupta, both claiming two wickets each.

As the day concluded, Assam’s batters showcased resilience, finishing at 43 for no loss. The brilliant bowling performance by Rahul Singh and his compatriots has placed Assam in a commanding position. The spotlight now shifts to the Assam batters, and cricket enthusiasts eagerly await to see how they capitalize on this advantageous position in the upcoming sessions of the match.

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