GUWAHATI, Dec 9 � Assam lost their way on the final day of the Ranji Trophy tie against Maharashtra losing the match by 7 wickets at the Nehru Stadium here today. It was a totally spineless show by Assam, as the team resuming at their overnight total of 80 for 3, today lost 7 wickets adding only 102 runs on the board in the 2nd innings.
Dhiraj Jadhav and Tarjinder Singh were the only players to stand tall for Assam. Dhiraj played a cautious 38 not out and Tarjinder made a solid 56. For Maharashtra, SM Fallah and AA Darekar took 4 wickets each.
Credit must go to Maharashtra, as after conceding a lead to Assam in the first innings they bundled the home team for a mere 182 in the second innings. Then needing 218 in the second innings, crossed the target losing 3 wickets in 46.4 overs. A stellar innings of 88 by CG Khurana and km Jadhav (42) made sure that the powerhouse of cricket had a win under their belt.
Assam let go a golden chance to salvage a draw, as in the first innings, the team put up a credible first innings score of 279 thanks to Dhiraj�s fifth ton of the season. Then Assam bowlers put pressure on Maharashtra by bowling them out for 244 taking a vital lead of 35 runs. Here Maharashtra showed better composure, taking the battle to Assam in the second innings.
Assam 1st innings: 279
Maharashtra 1st innings: 244
Assam 2nd innings: PP Das b Khurana 7, AS Sinha c Motwani b Khurana 15, SA Roy c Motwani b Darekar 17, Tarjinder Singh c Motwani b Darekar 56, G Sharma c Motwani b Darekar 24, DS Jadhav not out 38, KN Saikia c Motwani b Darekar 14, AN Ahmed b Fallah 0, PD Sonowal b Fallah 0, AK Das b Fallah 7, DP Gohain b Fallah 0. Extras: (b 2, nb 2) 4. Total: (all out; 78 overs) 182. Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-27, 3-56, 4-120, 5-129, 6-155, 7-156, 8-162, 9-179, 10-179. Bowling: SM Fallah 16-5-31-4, AA Darekar 39-20-67-4, CG Khurana 21-4-74-2, SS Mundhe 2-0-8-0.
Maharashtra 2nd innings: HH Khadiwale c Saikia b Tarjinder Singh 28, CG Khurana lbw b Ahmed 88, KM Jadhav b Gohain 42, NS Paradkar not out 34, SD Atitkar not out 23. Extras: (b 5, w 1) 6. Total: (3 wickets; 46.4 overs) 221. Fall of wickets: 1-74, 2-157, 3-171. Bowling: AN Ahmed 12-0-63-1, AK Das 9-1-34-0, Tarjinder Singh 13-2-47-1, DP Gohain 7.4-0-43-1, G Sharma 5-1-29-0.