GUWAHATI, Oct 17 - Assam pacers failed to capitalise the advantage they had on the third day of the four-day Group A Ranji Trophy match against host Orissa as a counter attacking Govinda Poddar turned the table on the visitors.
At the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack today, Orissa, riding on a 77-ball 77, with 13 hits to the fence, by Govinda spoilt Assam�s party and bag six points for his team with an eight-wicket victory. Requiring 142 for the outright victory in the second innings, Orissa gathered the required runs in 35 overs. Govinda and Anurag Sarangi (29 n.o) added 111 runs for the unbroken third wicket partnership and sealed the fate of the match.
Earlier, Assam were all out at their overnight total of 137 as tailenders Arup and Krishna failed to add any runs this morning. J Syed Mohammed remained unbeaten on 42.
Assam bowlers started with a positive note and removed two Orissa wickets at the total of 31. But Govinda and Anurag poured water on Assam�s hope with some attacking batsmanship.
The Barabati wicket was, however, strongly criticised by both the teams terming it as the graveyard for the batsmen.
Assam will play against Vidarbha in the next match at Nagpur from October 22 to 25.
Assam 1st innings 92.
Orissa 1st innings 88.
Assam 2nd innings (overnight 137/8): Pallav Das c Dhuper b Sahoo 21, Kunal Saikia b Pradhan 0, G Sharma c Mallick b Pradhan 0, Amit Verma c Podder b Mohanty 0, Tarjinder Singh lbw b Mohanty 27, KB Arun Karthik c Dhuper b Pradhan 16, J Syed Mohammad not out 42, Sarupam Purkayastha run out 10, Pritom Das c Dhuper b Mohanty 5, Arup Das b Pradhan 4, Krishna Das c Samantray b Pradhan 0. Extras (b 5, lb 2, nb 5) 12; Total (all out; 75.3 overs) 137; Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-8, 3-13, 4-31, 5-55, 6-86, 7-102, 8-109, 9-137, 10-137; Bowling: B Mohanty 21-9-29-3, SB Pradhan 15.3-5-27-5, AK Sahoo 14-6-34-1, A Mangaraj 14-2-22-0, BB Samantray 11-3-18-0.
Orissa 2nd innings (target: 142 runs): Natraj Behera b Arup Das 9, RR Dhuper lbw b Pritom Das 21, AR Sarangi not out 29, Govinda Podder, not out 77; Extras (w 1, nb 5) 6. Total (2 wickets; 35 overs) 142; Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-31; Bowling: Arup Das 11-2-45-1, Krishna Das 11-2-29-0, Pritom Das 9-2-42-1, Pallav Das 1-0-10-0, Sarupam Purkayastha 2-0-9-0, Amit Verma 1-0-7-0.