GUWAHATI, Nov 11 – Host Jharkhand placed themselves in a comfortable position requiring 157 runs for an outright victory against Assam with eight second innings wickets in hand in a Group C Ranji Trophy match.On the penultimate day of the four-day match at Jamshedpur today, restricting Assam to 207 in the second innings, after conceding a thin 5-run lead, Jharkhand were 56 for two at the end of day’s play.
RN Namat and Sourav Tiwary were at the crease with 37 and 8 respectively when stumps were drawn for the day.
Assam resumed their second innings at the overnight total of 27 for two and were all out for 207 in 74.5 overs. Except Amit Sinha (55), Tarjinder Singh (53 n.o) and Abu Nechim Ahmed (29) no other Assam batsman could counter Jharkhand’s bowling. Amit faced 69 balls and hit 11 boundaries while Tarjinder’s 53 came off 139 deliveries which included four hits to the rope. SJ Nadeem and SS Gupta were Jharkhand’s top bowlers with four and three wickets respectively.
Now everything will depend on Assam bowlers, particularly first innings hero Arlen Konwar and Abu Nechim Ahmed.
Assam 1st innings: 179
Jharkhand 1st innings: 174
Assam 2nd innings: Pallav Das lbw b SJ Nadeem 20, Jadhav ct DA Chougule b SS Quadri 7, AS Sinha c&b SS Gupta 55, Zhimomi ct RN Nemat b SS Gupta 18, Gokul Sharma run out 15, Tajinder Singh not out 53, JSyed Mohammed ct MP Vardhan b S J Nadeem 0, RL Das lbw b SJ Nadeem 0, Abu ct MP Vardhan b SS Gupta 26, AK Das lbw b SJ Nadeem 6, Arlen Konwar b JN Singh 3. Extras: (0wd, 0b, 1 lb) 1. Total: (all out in 74.5 overs) 207. Bowling: SL Rao 5-0-15-0, JN Singh 2.5-1-11-1, SS Gupta 26-6-69-3, SJ Nadeem 31-4-83-4, SS Quadri 10-1-28-1.
Jharkhand 2nd innings: MP Vardhan run out 10, RN Nemat not out 37, IR Jaggi ct HH Zhimomi b JSyed Mohammed 1, SS Tiwary not out 8. Extras: 0. Total: (for 2 off 28 overs) 56. Bowling: Abu 7-2-14-0, AK Das 2-0-6-0, JSyed Mohammed 11-2-12-1, Arlen Konwar 7-3-24-0.