Kolkata: Assam made it difficult for Bengal after the visitors stunned the home side by 13 runs in the penultimate group tie of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Eden Gardens here on Saturday.
Opting to field first, Bengal but could not make use of the conditions as Assam’s Riyan Parag hit an unbeaten 77 to post a healthy 157 for 5 after their allotted quota of 20 overs. Bengal finished at 144 for 8 after some ordinary batting performance.
Bengal removed the Assam openers early but a 76 run partnership between Denish Das and Riyan Parag for the third wicket resurrected their innings. Denish scored 34 off 36 balls before departing, but aided by a floored chance Parag did some heavy hitting to remain not out on 77 off 54 balls with five boundaries and an equal number of sixes. None of the Bengal bowlers was spared as he beautifully paced his innings to prop up the total.
“It was a bad day at work. We floundered in every department. But the team will pick itself up and fight in the last match. We are not giving up hope for qualifying,” Bengal skipper Anustup Majumdar said after the match.