Medium pacer Arup Das wreaked havoc with figures of 8/83 as an unfancied Assam continued their giant-killing spree in the Ranji Trophy, defeating Punjab by 51 runs to enter the semi-finals in Valsad on Saturday.
Needing 288 for victory, Punjab were precariously placed at 224 for eight, needing 64 runs to win with just two wickets in hand.
They were finally all out for 236.
The final day’s play lasted barely 20 minutes as Assam got the two final two wickets in 3.2 overs with the addition of only 12 runs.
First it was Geetansh Khera (35), who got a delivery from Arup that moved in a shade to trap him in front in the very second over of the day.
In his next over, Arup brought joy for the Assam camp as Deepak Bansal was also trapped in front of the stumps as the Punjab second innings ended in 63.2 overs.
Even though Assam were skittled out for 101 in their second innings, they did well enough to get a huge first innings lead of 186 runs which enabled them to set a defendable target.
Assam will play Saurashtra in the last-four clash.
Brief Scores: Assam 323 & 101. Punjab 137 & (target 288) 236 all out (Gurkeerat Singh 64, Mayank Sidhana 43)
Bengal fighting to save outright defeat against MP
Harpreet Singh Bhatia slammed his second first-class ton to lead the Madhya Pradesh run-spree in the second innings and set Bengal an improbable 788 runs for a win in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinals In Mumbai on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Bhatia notched up 139 in 206 balls, studded with 14 fours, to help MP pile on runs after resuming on overnight score of 338 for five.
MP finally declared at a mammoth second-innings total of 560 for 9, just before tea on the fourth and penultimate day.
Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh: 348 & 560 for nine decl (R Patidar 137, D Bundela 72, Harpreet Bhatia 139; A Dinda 2/92, Veerpratap Singh 2/for 94). Bengal: 121 & 113 for three (S Mondal 39, M Tiwary 32 not out).
Mumbai thrash Jharkhand, set to meet MP in Ranji semis
Favourites Mumbai today inflicted a crushing 395-run defeat on Jharkhand to enter the semi-finals of the Raji Trophy cricket tournament with left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah and part-time off-spinner Jay Bista helping themselves to five-wicket hauls.
Mumbai are set to meet Madhya Pradesh in the semi-final, who will be completing the formalities against Bengal on the final day on Sunday.
Needing a near impossible 490 runs to win, Jharkhand were shot out for 94 in only 42.4 overs after starting the fourth day at 28 for one.
The day’s play didn’t even last a full session as it required 29.4 overs for Abdullah (5/35 in 16 overs) and Bista (5/16 in 6.4 overs) to win it for the 40-time champions, who are looking all set to make it 41 this time round.
Brief Scores: Mumbai 416 and 245.
Jharkhand 172 & (target 490) 94 (Jay Bista 5/16, Iqbal Abdullah 5/35).