Assam upset Hyderabad with narrow victory

Online Staff/Guwahati, Jan 10: Assam made a terrific start in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Cricket beating Hyderabad by 2 runs in the opening game held in Kolkata today.
Batting first, Assam scored 159-5 in their 20 overs. Later they restricted Hyderabad for 157-8 in same overs.
Hyderabad required 11 runs in their last over which was bowled by Pritam Das. The first ball of the over went straight to the fence but the right handed pacer made a good comeback and spent only four runs in his last five balls.
Pritam finished with 3-30 in his four overs spell. Amlanjyoti Das (2-26), Riyan Parag (1-27) and Rahul Singh (1-21) were the other wicket taking bowlers for Assam. For Hyderabad, Himalay Agarwal (29) was the top scorer.
Earlier invited to bat, Assam made a poor start and were once 21-3 in 3.3 overs. However a matured knock from Riyan Parag and two nice supportive innings from Saahil Jain and Rajjakuddin Ahmed made the total attractive.
The match was just 1.1 overs old when captain Rishav (2) lost his wicket. He was quickly followed by other opener Pallav Kumar Das (13) and Abhisekh Thakuri (6). Denish Das (14) too failed to play a good knock. But the match took a huge turn when Saahil Jain came into bat after the departure of Denish. Saahil and Riyan put quick 54 runs on the board and that too from 39 balls. Saahil scored 31 runs with the help of three boundaries and two sixes from 21 balls.
Later Rajjakuddin and Riyan added another 48 runs from 21 balls to take the score 159-5 in 20 overs. Riyan remained not out on 51 (40 balls, three four and two over boundaries). Rajjak, who also remained unbeaten on 31, played 15 balls and there were 3 fours and two sixes in his innings.
IMAGE CAPTION: Riyan Parag.