Gritty Assam salvage draw against UP

Chasing 337 for an outright victory on the last day of the four-day encounter, the hosts were reduced to 167 for five at one stage but Muzumdar combined well with Kunal Saikia (39) and Sairaj Bahutule (29) to salvage a draw.

Mumbai will take on Delhi in the semifinals. Mumbai drew Haryana while Delhi salvaged a draw against Tamil Nadu in the other quarterfinal matches.

Assam were 259 for eight in their second innings when the day’s play ended at North-East Frontier Railway Stadium. Muzumdar, the former Mumbai player, batted for almost five hours and faced 226 balls during his fighting knock, with had 12 boundaries studded in it.

Praveen Gupta (3/89) was the most successful bowler for UP with three wickets while Piyush Chawla took two wickets. Muzumdar raised a 83-run stand for the fifth wicket with Saikia and then combined with Bahutule to notch up a 72-run sixth wicket partnership to fetch draw and deny Uttar Prasesh an outright victory.

Brief scores: At Guwahati: Uttar Pradesh: 213 and 272 all out in 100.2 overs drew Assam: 149 and 259/8 in 83.2 overs (Amit Sumanta Sinha 29, Amol Muzumdar 119 n.o., Kunal Saikia 39, Praveen Gupta 3-89, Piyush Chawla 2-68). At Delhi: Tamil Nadu: 463 and 27/0 in 10 overs drew Delhi (O/n: 294/4 in 116.1 overs): 490/8 in 180 oves decl. (Rajat Bhatia 94, Gaurav Chabra 100, Puneet Bisht 75;  Ravichandran Ashwin 2-116, Aushik Srinivas 2-100). At Rohtak: Mumbai: 400 and 334/7 in 106 overs (O/n: 119/3 in 31.1 overs): (Sahil Kukreja 81, Iqbal Abdulla 51, Ajinkya Rahane 101 n.o, Ajit Agarkar 25 n.o; Sanjay Budhwar 2-74, Amit Mishra 2-58) drew Haryana: 164.

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