Riyan Parag’s fine all-round showing enabled Assam to beat Hyderabad by two runs in a thrilling contest of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
Assam, inserted in, collected 159 for five before managing to stop Hyderabad for 157 for eight.
Parag led Assam’s revival following a disastrous start.
Kartikeya Kak bowled beautifully to take two early wickets. Rishav Das was caught behind and Abhishek Thakuri was held at cover as Assam tottered at 40 for three after six overs.
Parag (51 n.o., 40b, 3×4, 2×6) and Denish Das (14) rotated the strike to gather 36 runs.
Following Denish’s departure, Parag, who ran hard and unleashed some lusty blows, and Saahil Jain (31, 21b, 3×4, 2×6) added 54 runs. Jain freed his arms against C.V. Milind and Ravi…