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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Pritam Das picks 5 against Sikkim; "Variation was key," says Cachar Express

Cachar Express is again stamping his authority on Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the Board for Control of Cricket in India’s 50-over tournament, Assam’s Pritam Das has picked another five-wicket haul. Playing against Sikkim, star bowler for Assam, Das ended with figures – 9 overs 1 maiden 34 runs, and 5 wickets. This comes after he picked 10 wickets in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament.

Batting first Sikkim got off to a decent start but kept losing wickets in regular intervals. Captain Robin Bist scored a massive century and was building a partnership with Varun Sood (50). At one stage, it looked like Sikkim will set a target of around 300. Then came the Cachar Express and started penetrating the defense. He bowled Varun Sood while he was batting at 50 and that was his first wicket of the match.

The steaming Cachar Express dismissed Anureet Singh, Palzor Tamang, Mandup Bhutia, Anwesh Sharma in the exactly similar fashion – bowled. The stumps were uprooted and the celebrations continued. Collapsed by the five-wicket haul, Sikkim’s innings was cut short to 245. Abhilash Gogoi picked one wicket while four batsmen got runout.

Chasing an average target, Pallav Das and Denish Das gave Assam a good start. Pallav Das looked in a hurry. In his short innings of 19 runs, he has hit two boundaries and one six. Denish capitalised on the start he got and scored 53 crucial runs for the team.

The middle-order looked shaky as Sibshankar Roy and captain Gokul Sharma were dismissed early in their innings. However, Saahil Jain (61) and Kunal Saikia (69) stitched the match-winning partnership. Rajjakuddin Ahmed (18) made a significant contribution towards the end and support Saahil Jain who remained unbeaten. Assam won the match with 4 wickets in hand.

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