Assam need 95 more runs to register their third consecutive win after the hosts reached 70 for three in their pursuit of 165-run target set by Delhi at stumps on the third and penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match, in Guwahati on Tuesday.
After drawing with defending champions Karnataka, Assam beat former back-to-back winners Rajasthan by an innings, and then toppled Haryana at home in Lahli and are now on the cusp of beating Delhi.
Assam still have seven wickets in hand to overwhelm Delhi’s target with opener Rahul Hazarika batting on 30 in the company of AB Arun Karthik (13 not out), who made vital 81 in the hosts’ first innings.
But all the credit must go to Assam bowlers, who after wrapping Delhi for 149 in the first innings, bundled out the visitors for another below-par 172 in the second essay.
Resuming at the overnight score of 101 for four, Delhi last seven wickets contributed just 71 runs with spin duo of Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad (3/49) and Amit Verma (3/42) inflicting bulk of the damage.
Paceman Krishna Das (2/32) and skipper Gokul Sharma (2/17) also chipped in with wickets to help their side’s cause.
Overnight batsmen Pulkit Narang (26 not out) and Milind Kumar (20) got starts but apart from them Delhi’s middle and lower order struggled against the spin duo of Syed Mohammad and Verma.
In their quest for 165 runs, Assam lost opener Pallav Kumar Das, Swarupam Purkyastha and Verma but Hazarika and Arun Karthik are holding the fort for the hosts.
Manan Sharma (1/11), Navdeep Saini (1/18) and Pradeep Sangwan (1/24) picked up a wicket each for Delhi.
Brief Scores: Delhi: 149 & 172 all out in 83.2 overs (Unmukt Chand 44, Dhruv Shorey 38; Amit Verma 3/42, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad 3/49). Assam: 157 & 70 for three in 32 overs (Rahul Hazarika 30 not out; Manan Sharma 1/11)
Odisha eye bonus-point win against Haryana
Odisha opened up the possibility of a bonus-point win after forcing Haryana to follow-on and take a big first-innings lead in their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match in Lahli on Tuesday.
In reply to Odisha’s mammoth first-innings total of 529 for six declared, Haryana were bowled out for 216 at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.
Forced to follow-on, the hosts were 46 for one in their second innings when the stumps were drawn on the third and penultimate day’s play.
Rajasthan 226-9 in 2nd inngs, after Vidarbha post 247 on day 3
Aditya Sarwate (50) completed his fifty before returning with a four-wicket haul as Vidarbha posted 247 in their first innings and then reduced Rajasthan to 226 for nine on the penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Nagpur on Tuesday.
Resuming their first innings at 202 for 6, Vidarbha folded for 247 in 99.3 overs at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.
Brief Score: Rajasthan 216 & 226/9 in 78 overs (A Menaria 76; A Sarwate 4/58) Vidarbha 247 allout in 99.3 overs (A Sarwate 50; Tanveer-Ul-Haq 4/60)
Tripathi leads Maharashtra’s fightback with century
Rahul Tripathi (116) hit his third first class century and shared an unbeaten 139-run stand with Ankit Bawne (59) to lead Maharashtra’s fight back in their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Bengal, in Pune on Tuesday.
Bengal declared their first innings at overnight score of 528 for eight at the start of the day and the hosts batted with resolve, ending the day at 296 for three.
They are still trailing by 232 runs and have a task at hand to avoid conceding first innings lead.
Brief Scores: Bengal 1st innings: 528/8d Maharashtra 1st innings: 296 for 3 in 90 overs.(R Tripathi 116 batting, S Atitkar 69; A Dinda 2/77)