GUWAHATI, Jan 23 � Riding on a brilliant unbeaten 119 by Tarjinder Singh Assam took a massive 260-run first innings lead before declaring at 435 for eight.
On the penultimate day of the four-day Group C Ranji Trophy match at Porvorim, Goa today, the host team were 82 for no loss in their second innings.
Resuming at the overnight total of 243 for five, Assam batsmen continued their good form and crossed the 400 mark. Tarjinder, overnight unbeaten on 39, batted for 401 minutes. He faced 3-4 balls and hit eight boundaries and a six in his unbeaten knock. Other not out batsman yesterday Syed Mohammad also provide able support to Tarjinder and cracked 69 off 145 balls. His 207-minute knock was studded with 10 fours. The pair added 119 runs for the sixth wicket which proved to be most vital in putting Goa in trouble.
Assam�s bowling hero Sarupam Purkayastha scored 30 and built a 65-run partnership with Tarjinder for the seventh wicket.
Now it is Assam bowlers� turn tomorrow as Goa still need 178 runs to avoid defeat.
Goa 1st innings: 175
Assam 1st innings (overenight 243/5): Pallav Das c Pinto b Bandekar 44, KB Arun Karthik c Pandrekar b Gawas 25, Sib Sankar Roy c Gaonkar b Misal 28, Gokul Sharma c Bandekar b Misal 53, Dheeraj Jadhav b Pinto 20, Tarjinder Singh not out 119, J Syed Mohammad c Kamat b Pandrekar 69, Sarupam Purkayastha c Desai b Pandrekar 30, Abu Nechim Ahmed c Pinto b Naik 13, Arup Das not out 18; Extras: (b 7, lb 4, w 3, nb 2) 16. Total: (8 wickets dec, 166 overs) 435. Fall of wickets: 1-69, 2-74, 3-154, 4-155, 5-198, 6-317, 7-382, 8-411. Bowling: SS Bandekar 22-8-72-1, AG Pandrekar 35-7-82-2, MG Gawas 27-7-77-1, DW Misal 31-9-62-2, VA Naik 36-6-94-1, AS Desai 7-2-12-0, RJ Pinto 8-1-25-1.
Goa 2nd innings: AS Desai not out 42, SA Asnodkar not out 37. Extras: (lb 3) 3; Total: (0 wickets; 29 overs) 82. Bowling: Krishna Das 6-2-11-0, Arup Das 6-2-19-0, Sarupam Purkayastha 5-0-14-0. J Syed Mohammad 7-0-19-0, Abu Nechim Ahmed 4-1-14-0, Sib Sankar Roy 1-0-2-0.