GUWAHATI, Oct 23 - After a shock defeat against Orissa in their previous Group A Ranji Trophy match at Cuttack, Assam bounced back with an encouraging show against host Vidarbha with a 52-run first innings lead.
On the second day of the four-day match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur today, in reply to Assam first innings total of 206, the host team was all out for 154. In the second innings Assam were 36 for the loss of two wickets. Captain Gokul Sharma and Amit Verma were at the crease with 3 and 5 respectively.
Studded with top players like Washim Zafar, Subramaniam Badrinath, Umesh Yadav etc, the Vidarbha batsmen could not tackle the Assam bowling as barring Ganesh Satish (67) and Test discard W Jaffer (40) other batsmen failed to score satisfactorily.
Sarupam Purkayastha, the hero of the last season, hit form after dry spells in previous matches. He took four wickets and remained highest wicket taker. Amit Verma was the other leading wicket taker with three victims.
Earlier, Assam opted to bat first and scored 206 in the first innings with J Syed Mohammad being the top scorer (69 off 139 balls, 4X7). Amit Verma was the other leading scorer with 117-ball 57. He hit 9 boundaries and a six. KB Arun Karthik (35) and Kunal Saikia (24) had some useful contributions.
Assam 1st innings: Pallav Das lbw b Sarwate 10, Rishav Das lbw b Yadav 0, Gokul Sharma c Shanware b Yadav 0, Amit Verma st Sharma b Wakhare 57, KB Arun Karthik lbw b Yadav 35, Tarjinder Singh lbw b Wakhare 0, J Syed Mohammad c Sharma b Sarwate 69, Sarupam Purkayastha c Shrivastava b Yadav 3, Kunal Saikia st Sharma b Wakhare 24, Arup Das c Shrivastava b Wakhare 1, Krishna Das not out 0; Extras (b 4, lb 2, nb 1) 7; Total (all out; 87 overs) 206; Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-47, 4-106, 5-106, 6-106, 7-115, 8-173, 9-206, 10-206; Bowling: Umesh Yadav 19-8-49-4, FY Fazal 5-3-12-0, AA Wakhare 30-9-47-4, AA Sarwate 22-3-56-2, SS Ruikar 11-2-36-0.
Vidarbha 1st innings: FY Fazal c & b Krishna Das 6, W Jaffer b Sarupam Purkayastha 40, Ganesh Satish b Syed Mohammad 67, S Badrinath lbw b Amit Verma 1, SU Shrivastava lbw b Sarupam Purkayastha 8, AD Shanware c Tarjinder Singh b Amit Verma 1, JM Sharma c & b Amit Verma 0, AA Sarwate run out 20, SS Ruikar lbw b Purkayastha 6, Umesh Yadav lbw b Purkayastha 0, AA Wakhare not out 1. Extras (lb 2, nb 2) 4; Total (all out; 74 overs) 154; Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-80, 3-81, 4-96, 5-101, 6-101, 7-141, 8-148, 9-148, 10-154. Bowling: Sarupam Purkayastha 21-3-47-4, Krishna Das 9-4-12-1, Arup Das 10-3-23-0, J Syed Mohammad 17-3-34-1, Amit Verma 15-4-24-3, Gokul Sharma 1-0-4-0, Tarjinder Singh 1-0-8-0.
Assam 2nd innings: Pallav Das c Fazal b Sarwate 21, Rishav Das c Ruikar b Sarwate 1, Gokul Sharma not out 3, Amit Verma not out 5; Extras (b 2, lb 4) 6; Total (2 wickets; 16 overs) 36; Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-30; Bowling: Umesh Yadav 4-1-13-0, FY Fazal 1-0-7-0, AA Wakhare 6-3-7-0, AA Sarwate 5-2-3-2.