SPORTS REPORTER GUWAHATI, Feb 14 - Assam batsmen failed to hit form again as resuming at the overnight total of 162 for one they were all out for 283 and were likely to follow on. But Tripura did not force the follow on and batted again.
At stumps on the penultimate day of the four-day Ranji Trophy match at the ACA Stadium in Barsapara here, the visiting team scored 76 for five with an overall lead of 290 with five second innings wickets in hand.
Assam were in a comfortable position at the end of the second day but their batsmen failed to take the home ground advantage. Opener Rishav Das, overnight unbeaten on 88, was the lone batsman to show determination and scored his second first class century. He faced 283 balls and hit 15 boundaries.
Skipper Gokul Sharma could add just two runs to his overnight total of 39. After Gokul’s departure, the remaining batsmen hardly could put up an useful partnership and as a result they failed to cross the Tripura total.
Left arm spinner Harmeet Singh and medium pacer Murasingh wrecked the Assam innings claiming six and three wickets respectively.
Tripura, in search of quick runs lost five wickets with the team’s total at 76. Pacers Mukhtar Hussain and Ranjit Mali took three and two wickets respectively for Assam.
It is expected that the visiting team will leave the crease in the morning session as they had already took a big lead. Again it will depend on the batsmen whether they can manage to bat the remaining part of the final day.
Tripura 1st Innings: 497
Assam 1st Innings (Overnight 162/1): Rishav Das lbw b Murasingh 132, Subham Mandal c Pratyush Singh b Harmeet Singh 33, Gokul Sharma run out (Murasingh) 41, Riyan Parag c Milind Kumar b Harmeet Singh 12, Saahil Jain c Ghosh b Harmeet Singh 14, Wasiqur Rahman lbw b Harmeet Singh 8, Rajjakuddin Ahmed c Ghosh b Harmeet Singh 4, Mukhtar Hussain b Harmeet Singh 7, Ranjit Mali c Banik b Murasingh 16, Sidharth Sarmah b Murasingh 11, Mrinmoy Dutta not out 0. Extras: (b 1, lb 2, nb 2) 5. Total: (All out in 106 overs) 283. Fall of wickets: 1-72, 2-166, 3-195, 4-212, 5-229, 6-233, 7-254, 8-262, 9-278, 10-283. Bowling: MB Murasingh 23.1-7-51-3, Rana Dutta 15-5-28-0, AS Sarkar 12-3-26-0, Neelambuj Vats 7-2-12-0, Harmeet Singh 35-7-110-6, SS Ghosh 8-0-23-0, Pratyush Singh 6-0-30-0.
Tripura 2nd Innings: PP Das c Wasiqur Rahman b Mukhtar Hussain 10, AA Sinha c Wasiqur Rahman b Mali 0, JR Banik c RK Das b Mali 14, Pratyush Singh c Wasiqur Rahman b Mukhtar Hussain 3, Milind Kumar not out 36, SS Ghosh c Wasiqur Rahman b Mukhtar Hussain 0, MB Murasingh not out 5. Extras: (b-4, nb 4) 8. Total: (For five wickets in 21 overs) 76. Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-22, 3-34, 4-37, 5-39. Bowling: Ranjit Mali 9-1-28-2, Mukhtar Hussain 10-1-41-3, Mrinmoy Dutta 1-01-0, Riyan Parag 1-0-2-0.