GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - Assam�s dismal show at the Ranji Trophy this season continued as Karnataka got the better of them by 10 wickets on the fourth and final day of the Group B match at the Bandra Kurla Complex Ground today.
Karnataka�s Krishnappa Gowtham was the wrecker in chief with figures of 7 for 108 while leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal captured the other three wickets for 97 as the spin duo bundled out Assam for 264 in their second innings at the Bandra Kurla Complex ground.
Earlier, Karnataka ensured a first innings lead of 245 runs. Coming into bat in their second innings Karnataka needed just 20 runs for an outright victory and accumulated the required runs for no loss in just three overs to secure a thumping victory with a bonus point to boot.
With the seven points, Karnataka leapfrogged Jharkhand to the top of the league table with 17 points.
This was also the southern outfit�s second successive outright victory after their innings win over Delhi at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in their previous game.
Assam had their backs to the wall when they commenced in the morning at 48 for one and so it proved.
Barring first innings centurion Amit Verma, who made an aggressive 74 with the help of four sixes and seven fours in 120 balls, and opener Rahul Hazarika (44), the others put up meek resistance against Gowtham and Shreyas.
Gowtham � playing in only his sixth game in four years � claimed six of the top seven batsmen, including Verma, to finish with his career�s as well as season�s second five wicket haul in an innings that took his tally of victims this season to 18 in three games.
Gowtham had taken 5 for 35 in the second innings against Delhi, his maiden five wicket haul.
Opener Rahul Hazarika was the second best scorer with 44, while lower down the order Sarupam Purkayastha made 33 to add to his first innings half century, but overall Assam put up a poor batting show against the spin duo barring left hander Verma.
Assam 1st Innings: 325
Karnataka 1st Innings: 570
Assam 2nd Innings: Rishav Das b Shreyas Gopal 16, Rahul Hazarika c & b Gowtham K 44, Gokul Sharma C st C M Gautam b Gowtham K 18, Amit Verma c Arvind Sreenath b Gowtham K 74, KB Arun Karthick c Mayank Agarwal b Gowtham K 14, Tarjinder Singh c Arjun Hoysala (Sub) b Gowtham K 26, Syed Mohammed lbw Gowtham K 0, Sarupam Purkayastha c Samarth R b Shreyas Gopal 33, Abu Nechim Ahmed st c M Gautam b Shreyas Gopal 23, Arup Das c Vinay Kumar R (Sub) b Gowtham K 1, Krishna Das not out 14. Extras: (nb 0, w 0, b 1, lb 0, pen 0) 1. Total: (All out; 85 overs) 264. Bowling: Arvind Sreenath 18-8-34-0, Gowtham K 34-8-108-7, Shreyas Gopal 23-4-97-3, Samarth R 1-0-5-0, Stuart Binny 6-1-14-0, Karun Nair C 3-2-5-0. Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-71, 3-82, 4-108, 5-159, 6-171, 7-208, 8-236, 9-238, 10-264.
Karnataka 2nd innings: Samarth R not out 4, Mayank Agarwal not out 17. Extras: 0. Total: (0 wickets; 3 overs) 21. Bowling: Arup Das 1-0-4-0. Amit Verma 1-0-5-0, Sarupam Purkayastha 1-0-12-0.