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Maharashtra take big lead over Assam

By Sports reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 31 � Southpaw Akshay Darekar wrecked the Assam innings with a six-wicket haul as the hosts were bundled out for a paltry 152 and conceded a massive 209-run first innings lead in their Group C Ranji Trophy match at the Barsapara stadium here today.

Maharashtra, resuming their first innings at the overnight total of 343 for eight, were all out for 361. But the dismal show of Assam batsmen put them in troubled water and finally fell 209 runs short of the visitors� first innings.

As many as six of the Assam batsmen even could not reach double figure as Darekar ripped through the hosts� batting line up taking help from the wicket.

Niraj Patel was the top scorer with 40 while Amit Sinha (20), Dheeraj Jadhav (17) and Rishav Das (16) had little touch with the bat. Shrikant Munde was the other leading wicket taker for the visitors with three victims.

With two full days remaining, Maharashtra batted again inspite of forcing the home team to follow on and were 16 for no loss in their second innings.


Maharashtra 1st innings: HH Khadiwale c RK Das b PL Das 24, RH Motwani lbw b Ahmed 2, SD Atitkar c RK Das b AK Das 46, KM Jadhav b Syed Mohammad 128, PS Chavan b AK Das 65, AR Bawne b AK Das 42, CG Khurana c Saikia b Syed Mohammad 15, SS Mundhe st Saikia b Syed Mohammad 6, AA Darekar c Jadhav b Sinha 9, AA Sanklecha b Ahmed 9, SM Fallah not out 2. Extras: (b 2, lb 6, w 4, nb 1) 13. Total: (all out; 96.2 overs) 361. Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-46, 3-119, 4-251, 5-283, 6-303, 7-317, 8-332, 9-359, 10-361. Bowling: AN Ahmed 22.2-2-73-2, AK Das 25-4-83-3, PL Das 20-0-82-1, J Syed Mohammad 25-3-92-3, G Sharma 2-0-18-0, AS Sinha 2-1-5-1.

Assam 1st innings: RK Das lbw b Darekar 16, P Aziz c Sanklecha b Darekar 14, AS Sinha lbw b Mundhe 20, DS Jadhav c Jadhav b Darekar 17, NK Patel c Jadhav b Mundhe 40, G Sharma c Sanklecha b Mundhe 4, J Syed Mohammad c Jadhav b Khurana 4, KN Saikia st Motwani b Darekar 7, AN Ahmed c Motwani b Darekar 4, PL Das not out 0, AK Das c Motwani b Darekar 5. Extras: (b 5, lb 11, nb 5) 21. Total: (all out; 71.2 overs) 152. Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-44, 3-78, 4-90, 5-94, 6-109, 7-125, 8-133, 9-147, 10-152. Bowling: SM Fallah 6-2-12-0, AA Sanklecha 5-3-3-0, CG Khurana 27-9-50-1, AA Darekar 24.2-4-53-6, PS Chavan 1-0-1-0, SS Mundhe 8-3-17-3.

Maharashtra 2nd innings: HH Khadiwale not out 5, RH Motwani not out 10. Extras: (w 1) 1. Total: (0 wickets; 8 overs) 16. Bowling: AN Ahmed 2-1-2-0, AK Das 2-0-3-0, J Syed Mohammad 2-1-2-0, AS Sinha 2-0-9-0.

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