GUWAHATI, Jan 7 - Lower order batsmen saved the day for Assam as they managed to gather 175 in their first innings in the Elite Group C Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh at Kanpur today.
Put in to bat, Assam were in neck-deep trouble losing five wickets with the team�s total reading 27. But some courageous batting by lower order batsmen Pallav Das (75), Sarupam Purkayastha (35) and Jitumoni Kalita (23) lifted Assam to a respectable position. Assam top order miserably failed to tackle the situation as they started losing wickets from the initial stage. At stumps, UP were 64 for the loss of one wicket.
Assam 1st Innings: Rishav Das c Yadav b Rajpoot 11, Rahul Hazarika b Yash Dayal 0, Kunal Saikia lbw b Rajpoot 4, Gokul Sharma c Nath b Yash Dayal 1, Sarupam Purkayastha c Mohammad Saif b Saurabh Kumar 35, Amit Sinha b Yash Dayal 1, Pallav Das c Garg b Saurabh Kumar 75, Jitumoni Kalita b Imtiaz Ahmed 23, Ranjit Mali c Samarth Singh b Imtiaz Ahmed 15, Arup Das b Saurabh Kumar 4, Mukhtar Hussain not out 0. Extras: (lb 1, w 5) 6. Total: (All out in 53.4 overs) 175. Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-12, 3-13, 4-26, 5-27, 6-100, 7-156, 8-160, 9-175, 10-175. Bowling: AS Rajpoot 16-2-77-2, Yash Dayal 10-5-15-3, Imtiaz Ahmed 13.4-3-49-2, AD Nath 3-1-8-0, Saurabh Kumar 11-4-25-3. UP 1st Innings: UA Sharma not out 32, Samarth Singh c KN Saikia b Mali 19, Mohammad Saif not out 12. Extras: (nb 1) 1. Total: (For 1 wicket in 26 overs) 64. Fall of wickets: 1-41. Bowling: Arup Das 8-1-30-0, Ranjit Mali 10-2-27-1, Mukhtar Hussain 7-3-5-0, Jitumoni Kalita 1-0-2-0.