GUWAHATI, Dec 11 - Assam suffered their second consecutive defeat in the Group A Vijay Hazare Trophy match as they went down to Rajasthan by one wicket.
In a close match at the Railways Recreation Club Ground, Secunderabad today, Assam, being put into bat first, were all out for 148 and in reply Rajasthan reached the winning target with just three balls to spare losing nine wickets.
In the low scoring match, Assam opener Pallav Das top scored with 37 while Amit Sinha (27) and J Syed Mohammad (26) were the only notable contributors. As many as six Assam batsmen even failed to reach double figures.
Experienced medium pacer Rajat Bhatia ripped through the Assam batting line-up with a five-wicket haul giving away just 17 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
But the Assam bowlers made a brilliant start reducing the opponent to 47 for five. But all rounder Rajat spoilt Assam�s party adding 58 runs with Rajesh Bisnoi for the eighth wicket which virtually took Rajasthan to the safe shore. Rajat remained unbeaten with 68 off 82 deliveries. He hit six boundaries and a six.
Krishna Das, Arup Das, Pritom Das and Pallav Das took two wickets each.
Assam: Pallav Das b T Haq 37, Rajdeep Das c Puneet Yadav b Pankaj Singh 12, Sib Sankar Roy c Puneet Yadav b R Bhatia 6, Amit Verma c Yagnik b R Bhatia 3, Arun Karthik b R Bhatia 3, Gokul Sharma c Puneet Yadav b R Bhatia 1, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad c Puneet Yadav b Aditya Garhwal 26, Amit Sinha c Menaria b R Bhatia 27, Pritam Das lbw b R Bishnoi 12, Arup Das st Yagnik b R Bishnoi 6, Krishna Das not out 0. Extras: (b 0, lb 2, w 13, nb 0) 15; Total: (10 wkts, 44.4 overs) 148. Fall of wickets: 1/21, 2/40, 3/49, 4/55, 5/64, 6/78, 7/116, 8/121, 9/121, 10/121. Bowling: Pankaj Singh 8-3-22-1, Tanveer-Ul-Haq 10-1-44-1, Nathu Singh 7-1-27-0, Rajat Bhatia 10-2-17-5, Aditya Garhwal 4-0-10-1, Rajesh Bishnoi 4.4-0-22-2, Ashok Menaria 1-0-4-0.
Rajasthan: Aditya Garhwal lbw b Arup Das 0, Pranay Sharma c Rajdeep Das b Arup Das 1, Puneet Yadav c Amit Sinha b Krishna Das 2, Arjit Gupta c Rajdeep Das b Pallav Das 27, Tanveer-Ul-Haq c Rajdeep Das b Pallav Das 15, Rajat Bhatia not out 68, Ashok Menaria c Sib Sankar Roy b G Sharma 13, Dishant Yagnik b Krishna Das 3, Rajesh Bishnoi c Rajdeep Das b Pritam Das 17, Pankaj Singh b Pritam Das 0, Nathu Singh not out 1. Extras: (b 0, lb 1, w 1, nb 0) 2; Total: (9 wkts, 49.3 overs) 149. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-2, 3/10, 4/38, 5/47, 6/70, 7/81, 8/139, 9/139. Bowling: Krishna Das 10-3-17-2, Arup Das 9-1-34-2, Pritam Das 10-1-36-2, Pallav Das 9-2-30-2, Gokul Sharma 7-2-18-1, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad 1-0-7-0, Amit Verma 3.3-0-6-0.