GUWAHATI, Dec 25: Assam bagged three vital points by virtue of their first innings lead against Andhra Pradesh, to keep their knockout hopes alive, in the Ranji Trophy Group C match which ended in a draw here today. The highlight of the match was spinner Arlen Konwar becoming the first State Ranji player to take more than 200 Ranji wickets.
Assam is placed on the second position in the group following their two outright wins as compared to Andhra�s one. Andhra�s first innings had folded at 249 to which Assam replied with 394 for five declared, thus taking a healthy lead of 145 runs.
Resuming at their overnight total of 10 for no loss, Andhra made 227 for seven in their second essay before both captains mutually decided to end the match with Vamsi Krishna and Shaik Basha unbeaten on 21 and 5 respectively.
Off-spinner Arlen Konwar shone with a four-wicket haul while left-arm spinner Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad and pacer Dhiraj Goswami picked up two and one wicket respectively.
Andhra 1st innings: 249
Assam 1st innings: 394
Andhra 2nd innings: MUB Sriram b Goswami 22, DB Prasanth lbw b Konwar 83, KS Sahabuddin b Syed Mohammad 16, B Sumanth c Roy b Konwar 21, AA Muzumdar lbw b Konwar 1, RV Pawar c Ahmed b Syed Mohammad 49, AG Pradeep c Roy b Konwar 1, T Vamsi Krishna not out 21, SM Basha not out 5. Extras: (b 1, lb 5, w 1, nb 3) 10. Total: (7 wickets; 93 overs) 229. Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-68, 3-99, 4-101, 5-187, 6-199, 7-203. Bowling: Abu Neschim Ahmed 15-4-37-0, AK Das 13- 6-34-0, J Syed Mohammad 21-5-64-2, DS Goswami 13-6-31-1, A Konwar 28-12-46-4, Tarjinder Singh 3-0-11-0.