GUWAHATI, Dec 7 � Dhiraj Jadhav smacked his fifth century of the season as Assam scored 279 in their first innings in the Plate Division Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra.
At stumps on the second day at Nehru Stadium here today, the visitors were struggling at 114 for the loss of five wickets.
Assam, resuming at the overnight total of 182 for three, were all out for 279 after 131 overs of batting. Jadhav, who was batting at 62 yesterday, completed his fifth hundred of the season and remained unbeaten on 105. He stayed at the crease for 523 minutes and faced 364 balls. His cautious knock was studded with only eight boundaries.
At one end, Jadhav was batting with absolute determination but there was nobody to provide him support at the other end. Assam�s tail fell like nine pins. Despite stumper Kunal Saikia�s resolute knock of 29 other fell cheaply. Spinner Akshaya Darekar came out with a five-wicket haul while his co-spinner Chirag Khurana chipped in with three wickets.
But Assam bowlers, led by young Arup Das removed five Maharashtra scalps in quick succession. Nikhil Paradkar was their top scorer with 41 while Aniket Bawne and Kedar Jadhav were at the crease with 29 and 33 respectively. The unbroken sixth wicket partnership between Bawne and Jadhav yielded 47 runs.
Assam 1st innings: PP Das b Darekar 50, DS Jadhav not out 105, AS Sinha c Khurana b Darekar 21, SA Roy c Bawne b Khurana 25, Tarjinder Singh b Fallah 12, G Sharma run out (Atitkar) 8, KN Saikia lbw b Khurana 29, AN Ahmed b Darekar 6, PD Sonowal c Jadhav b Khurana 0, AK Das c Motwani b Darekar 1, DP Gohain b Darekar 0, Extras: (b 7, lb 2, w 7, nb 6) 22. Total: (all out; 131 overs; 523 mins) 279. Fall of wickets: 1-76, 2-118, 3-165, 4-187, 5-207, 6-248, 7-261, 8-262, 9-279, 10-279. Bowling: SM Fallah 26-5-54-1, SS Mundhe 7-2-33-0, Domnic Joseph 15-0-44-0, AA Darekar 35-13-65-5, NS Paradkar 10-2-21-0, CG Khurana 37-9-51-3, AR Bawne 1-0-2 -0,
Maharashtra 1st innings: CG Khurana c Sharma b AK Das 0, SD Atitkar b AK Das 0, NS Paradkar st Saikia b Tarjinder Singh 41, AR Bawne not out 29. RH Motwani st Saikia b Sharma 2, KM Jadhav not out 33. Extras: 0. Total: (5 wickets; 48 overs) 114. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-2, 3-15, 4-64, 5-67. Bowling: AN Ahmed 9-0-26-0, AK Das 12-7-17-3, DP Gohain 8-0-28-0, Tarjinder Singh 12-8-14-1, PD Sonowal 4-0-15-0, G Sharma 3-1-14-1.