GUWAHATI, Feb 7 � Two brilliant knocks by skipper Dheeraj Jadhav (93) and Tarjinder Singh (94) put Assam in a comfortable position as they scored 344 in their first innings against Kerala in their Ranji Trophy Group C match.
At close of the second day, the host team was tottering at 52 for the loss of four wickets at the Conor Vayal Stadium, Tellicherry, Kannur today. The host team still trailing by 292 runs in the first innings.
Assam resumed at 197 for four and the overnight batsmen Dheeraj and Tarjinder added 89 runs for the fifth wicket. Tarjinder built another useful 81-run partnership with J Syed Mohammad for the seventh wicket. These two partnerships were the bases for the Assam innings.
Dheeraj faced 230 balls in his 339-minute knock where he struck 11 boundaries. Tarjinder�s innings lasted for 360 minutes and he faced 284 deliveries. He hit nine fours. But both the batsmen narrowly missed their tons.
The host team had a disappointing start losing four wickets. Medium pacer Pritom Das, who had to sit out in the previous matches for injury, came back to the playing eleven with an encouraging note. He removed three scalps while other seasoned pacer Arup Das took one.
Assam 1st innings: (overnight 197/4) Kunal Saikia c Gomez b Prem 38, Dheeraj Jadhav c Monish b Prem 93, Pallav Das c Surendran b Gomez 19, Gokul Sharma c Sachin Baby b Monish 14, Sib Sankar Roy c Sachin Baby b Amit Verma 17, Tarjinder Singh lbw b Anthaf 94, KB Arun Karthik c Surendran b Prem 1, J Syed Mohammad c Basil Thampi b Amit Verma 45, Sarupam Purkayastha c Anthaf b Amit Verma 8, Arup Das c Sachin Baby b Anthaf 0, Pritom Das not out 0. Extras: (b 2, lb 8, nb 5) 15; Total (all out; 157 overs) 344. Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-45, 3-99, 4-141, 5-230, 6-232, 7-323, 8-342, 9-342, 10-344. Bowling: Basil Thampi 20-6-43-0, PU Anthaf 23-8-38-2, KS Monish 34-8-83-1, RV Gomez 21-6-48-1, Amit Verma 31-6-71-3, PR Prem 24-8-42-3, Sachin Baby 4-1-9-0.
Kerala 1st innings: N Surendran c Saikia b Arup Das 21, RM Fernandez lbw b Pritom Das 0, SV Samson c Syed Mohammad b Pritom Das 17, Amit Verma not out 9, KS Monish c Syed Mohammad b Pritom Das 0, Sachin Baby not out 1. Extras: (b 2, nb 2) 4 ; Total: (4 wickets; 20 overs) 52. Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-41, 3-41, 4-46. Bowling: Arup Das 9-4-19-1, Pritom Das 8-3-22-3, Pallav Das 2-0-9-0, Sarupam Purkayastha 1-1-0-0.