In a thrilling knockout clash for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Assam dominated Bengal with a convincing victory. Led by skipper Riyan Parag's exceptional batting and bowling performances, Assam beat Bengal by eight wickets in the pre-quarterfinals. Parag's exceptional performance, including his seventh consecutive half-century in T20s, set a new world record.
His unbeaten half-century of 50 runs off 31 balls against Bengal was the latest addition to his remarkable streak. With this outstanding achievement, Parag has broken the world records of Virender Sehwag, Devon Conway, and others. However, after completing his remarkable half-century, Parag displayed a distinctive celebration that swiftly caught the attention of the audience.
Here is Riyan Parag's celebration:
Celebration by Riyan Parag after his 7th consecutive 50 in T20 Cricket.pic.twitter.com/Z6PitN1XYc— Riyan Parag FC (@riyanparagfc_) October 31, 2023
He gestured towards himself with a circular motion, conveying a message of self-belief and confidence. This unique celebration quickly went viral on various social media platforms. Fans worldwide praised Parag for his exceptional dedication and all-around performances. In the ongoing tournament, he has scored 490 runs in 8 innings at an average of 122.50.
Assam advances to the quarterfinals with a solid win!
Assam's disciplined bowling display initiated their success in the game. Skipper Parag played a pivotal role, securing two crucial wickets while conceding only 23 runs. Akash Sengupta also made a significant contribution, claiming three wickets and effectively restricting Bengal's scoring rate after a strong start by their openers, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Abishek Porel.
Riyan Parag anchored Assam's pursuit of Bengal's 138/8 with an outstanding display. His unbeaten 50 off 31 balls proved to be the cornerstone of Assam's chase, well supported by Bishal Roy's resilient knock of 45 not out. Together, their combined effort guided Assam comfortably past the target, securing a spot in the next round of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Looking back at Parag's recent performances, it is evident that his consistency and skill have been instrumental in Assam's journey through the tournament. In the last seven innings, he showcased exceptional batting prowess, with scores including 57 off 33 against Kerala, 72 off 37 against Himachal Pradesh, 76 off 39 against Chattisgarh, 53 off 29 against Sikkim, 76 off 37 against Services, and 61 off 34 against Bihar. His phenomenal display in each match has established him as a formidable force in the world of T20 cricket.