Jharkhand dished out a disciplined all-round performance to notch up a five-wicket win over Assam on the fourth and final day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match on Friday.
Jharkhand thus grabbed six points from their fourth win out of seven games to jump to the top of the group B table with a total of 32 points, while Assam languished at the bottom after their fifth loss.
Rahul Shukla (3/74) and Ashish Kumar (2/49) produced sensational spell of seam bowling to pick up the remaining five wickets as Assam ended their second innings at 299 after resuming at an overnight score of 269-5 in 98.2 overs.
With Assam adding just 30 runs to their overnight score, Jharkhand were left with a victory target of 110 runs at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex.
Opener Anand Singh (30) and I R Jaggi (34) then emerged as the top-scorers as Jharkhand piled up the runs in 20.2 overs, losing half of their side. Seamers AK Das (3/49) and DS Goswami (2/38) were the pick of the bowlers for Assam.
Earlier, Arun Karthik (4) was the first to be dismissed after he was caught and bowled by Shukla in the 100th over. Overnight batsman Sibsankar Roy (86) was the next to go when he was caught by Kaushal Singh off Shukla’s bowling in his next over.
A N Ahmed (9) was then caught by Jaggi off Ashish in the 103rd over, while Shukla cleaned up AK Das (0) as Assam slipped to 299-9. Ashish then picked up the last wicket Goswami (11) in the next over.
Jharkhand 1st innings: 316 Jharkhand 2nd innings: 111/5 in 20.2 overs (I R Jaggi (34; AK Das 3/49) Assam 1st innings 126 Assam 2nd innings: 299 (f/o) in 104.4 overs (S A Roy 86; R Shukla 3/74).
Saurashtra manage full points vs Karnataka after Gowtham scare
Off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham snapped four quick wickets before Saurashtra huffed and puffed their way to a paltry target of 58 losing six wickets against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter here today.
Starting the final day on 168 for five, Karnataka were effectively 9 for five at resumption of play.
They could add only 48 runs to their total as they were all out for 216 in 92.4 overs — only 16 runs better than their first innings effort.
Save opener Kaunian Abbas (74) and Manish Pandey (58), none of the others could make a mark.
Veteram off-spinner Kamlesh Makvana (3/56) and slow left-arm bowler Jay Chauhan (4/71) were the wreckers-in-chief.
Saurashtra were reeling at 36 for six before Arpit Vasavada (8) and Prerak Mankad (14) added 22 runs to win it for Saurashtra.
Karnataka 200 and 216 (Kaunian Abbas 74, Manish Pandey 58, Jay Chauhan 4/71)
Saurashtra 359 and 58/6 (Krishnappa Gowtham 4/14).
Saurashtra won by 4 wickets.
Points: Karnataka 6; Saurashtra 0.
Delhi secures 3 points from rain-hit match against Vidarbha
Former champions Delhi secured three points by virtue of first innings lead against Vidarbha after rains forced early closure to the four and final day’s play of the Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match, here today.
After complete wash out of the third day’s play yesterday, the match resumed their morning following half hour loss due to wet ground conditions.
But the skies opened up once again just before the lunch break, forcing the umpires to finally call off the match at 2.45pm.
A total of 19 overs play was possible today during which Vidharba scored runs 37 for the loss of three wickets in their second innings.
Delhi had ealier declared their first innings at 250 for 8 in 81 overs yesterday in reply to Vidharba first innings total of 183 all out in 52.3 overs.
While Delhi got three points, Vidharba took away one point from the drawn encounter.
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