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Assam trounce Jharkhand for second win

Last updated on: November 12, 2012 19:04 IST

Spinners Syed Mohammad and Arlen Konwar shared nine wickets between them as Assam posted their second consecutive victory in the Ranji Trophy after beating hosts Jharkhand by 53 runs on the fourth and final day of their Group C match, in Jamshedpur on Monday.

Chasing 213 for an outright win, the hosts were bowled out for 159 in 84.5 overs.

Mohammad shone with the ball, picking up five for 52 runs in his 35 overs while Konwar ably supported him with figures of four for 72 in 30 overs.

Konwar completed his 10-wicket haul in the match after accounting for six Jharkhand batsmen in the first innings.

Assam, who had trounced Tripura in the season opener, earned six points from this tie.

The visitors had scored 207 all out in their second innings after Jharkhand skipper Shahbaz Nadeem (4 for 83) and off-spinner Sunny Gupta (3 for 69) knocked the stuffing out of Assam batsmen.

Resuming at their overnight score of 56 for two, Jharkhand's Rameez Nemat and Saurabh Tiwary added 53 runs for the third-wicket before Mohammad dismissed the opener for 42 runs. Nemat struck 4 fours and one six in his 93-ball stay at the crease.

Jharkhand batsmen failed to apply themselves on a pitch, which was assisting the spinners and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals to bundle out just before tea.

While Mohammad triggered the middle order collapse, Konwar polished off the lower order to hand Jharkhand their first defeat of the season.

Brief scores:
Assam 179 and 207 vs Jharkhand 174 and 159 in 84.5 overs (Rameez Nemat 42, Syed Mohammad 5/52, Arlen Konwar 4/72).

Services seal a draw, Himachal take three points

Soumya Swain's unbeaten century helped Services to salvage a draw even as hosts Himachal Pradesh walked away with three points on the virtue of their first innings lead in the Ranji Trophy Group C match in Naduan.

Swain struck a patient 235-ball 118 and, in the company of Ansuhl Gupta (64) and Yashpal Singh (59 not out), showed a lot of resolve and determination to steer his side to a draw at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium.

Starting the day at 46 for two, Services scored 314 for four in 90 overs in response to Himachal's first innings total of 544 for 6 declared after having scored 312 all out in their first essay.

On the final day of their tie, Services were off to a bad start as they lost Pratik Desai (27) in the second over of the morning session today. He just managed to add one run to his overnight score.

Gupta then combined well with Swain and devoid Himachal bowlers of any further success. Both added 178 runs for the fourth wicket before Gupta was snared by off-spinner Gurvinder Singh.

However, his dismissal had little effect on the visitors as Swain and Yashpal combined well to raise an unconquered 88-run stand for the fifth wicket. Yashpal played an attacking knock laced with seven fours and two sixes.

Brief Scores:
Services: 312 & 314 for 4 in 90 overs (Soumya Swain 118 not out, Ansuhl Gupta 64; Rishi Dhawan 2/78).
Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 544 for six dec in 153 overs (Paras Dogra 210, Amit Kumar 91; Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 182/4).

Goa get 3 points from drawn match against J & K

Goa pressed hard for an outright win with left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati grabbing four wickets, before settling for a draw and three points on the basis of first-innings lead on the final day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Jammu and Kashmir in Porvorim, Goa.

After taking a 68-run first innings lead, Goa threatened to dismiss Jammu and Kashmir for a low score, reducing the visitors to 28 for five with Jakati claiming four wickets, but failed to wrap up the Group C match on the fourth afternoon.

Bandeep Singh and captain Samiullah Beigh shared 55 runs for an unbroken seventh wicket to end at 95 for six and deny Goa an outright win. The home side took one point by virtue of the draw.

The top-five J & K batsmen could not reach double digits with four falling to Jakati while Amogh Sunil Desai took one. Saurab Bandekar was the other Goa bowler to get a wicket.

Earlier, resuming on 258 for two, Goa added 148 runs from 35 overs on Monday before declaring their innings at 406 for six in the post-lunch session.

Wicket-keeper Manvinder Bisla could add just five runs to his overnight 75 to be the first home side batsman to get out on Monday, but not before sharing 68 runs with Sagun Kamat for the third wicket.

The other substantial partnership for Goa was between Reagan Pinto (53 not out) and Ravikant Shukla (39) for the five wicket. Pinto's aggressive knock off 74 balls had five fours and a six.

Brief Scores:
Jammu and Kashmir: 338 & 95 for 6 in 56 overs (Bandeep Singh 31 not out; Shadab Jakati 4/26)
Goa: 406 for 6 in 154 overs (Manvinder Bisla 80, Reagan Pinto 53 not out).

Andhra grab three points against Tripura

Andhra Pradesh registered three crucial points against Tripura, thanks to a 176-run first innings lead, in their Ranji Trophy Group C match as the visitors finished second innings at 170 for four on the fourth and final day in Anantapur.

Tripura had scored 260 in their first innings but the hosts overhauled the total, amassing 436 for eight declared to take a lead of 176 runs on Sunday.

Tripura, who were at an overnight score of 21 for no loss in their second innings on Sunday, lost two quick wickets at the team score of 50.

But opener Subhrajit Roy kept the scoreboard ticking with an 83-run fourth wicket partnership with Ajay Ratra to steady the innings.

He was the top-scorer with a 249-ball 81 which was laced with nine hits to the fence. Wicket-keeper batsman Ajay was unbeaten at 41 and Abhijit Dey was on 9 when the stumps were drawn for the last time on Monday.

Brief Score:
Tripura: 260 & 170/4 in 88.0 overs (S Roy 81; DP Vijaykumar 2/23)
Andhra: 436/8 decl.

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