|Five star Sarupam puts Assam in command|
GUWAHATI, Jan 21 – Spinner Sarupam Purkayastha sent Goa into the back-foot with a five-wicket haul as the hosts were all out for 175 in their first innings against Assam in the Ranji Trophy Group C match.
At stumps, Assam were 69 for one. Pallav Das is batting at 42.
On the opening day of the four-day match at the Goa Cricket Association Academy ground, Porvorim, Goa today, being asked to bat first, the home team openers made a bright start adding 67 runs. But after the dismissal of opener Amogh Sunil Desai, Goa started losing wickets in quick succession. They lost their seventh wicket at 127. But some late burst by Saurabh Bandekar (35) and Vedant Naik (not out 21) helped the home team in crossing the 150-mark.
In form Sarupam was introduced early and he started his devastating spell removing opener Amogh Sunil Desai. After that he took four more wickets giving away 69 runs. Pacer Arup Das and spinner Syed Mohammad took two wickets each while Abu Nechim Ahmed bagged one.
Goa 1st innings: AS Desai c Tarjinder Singh b Purkayastha 42, SA Asnodkar st Arun Karthik b Purkayastha 34, SK Kamat c Arun Karthik b AK Das 1, RJ Pinto c Roy b Purkayastha 2, DW Misal c Tarjinder Singh b Purkayastha 0, KA Vaz lbw b AK Das 22, DD Gaonkar c Tarjinder Singh b Ahmed 2, SS Bandekar c Tarjinder Singh b Purkayastha 35, VA Naik not out 21, AG Pandrekar c Tarjinder Singh b Syed Mohammad 4, MG Gawas b Syed Mohammad 0. Extras: (b 9, lb 3) 12. Total: (all out; 73 overs) 175. Fall of wickets: 1-67, 2-68, 3-73, 4-73, 5-111, 6-111, 7-124, 8-169, 9-175, 10-175. Bowling: Arup Das 19-10-32-2, Krishna Das 13-7-15-0, J Syed Mohammad 11-0-30-2, Abu Nechim Ahmed 8-1-17-1, Sarupam Purkayastha 22-1-69-5.
Assam 1st innings: Pallav Das not out 42, KB Arun Karthik c Pandrekar b Gawas 25. Extras: (w 2) 2. Total: (1 wicket; 14.2 overs) 69.
Fall of wickets: 1-69. Bowling: SS Bandekar 3-0-25-0, AG Pandrekar 3-0-17-0, MG Gawas 4.2-2-14-1, DW Misal 3-1-8-0, VA Naik 1-0-5-0.