Spinner Shadab Jakati returned a four-wicket haul to spoil Assam’s chances of making it to the knockout stage as Goa bowled out the visitors for 366 to take narrow 15-run lead in their Ranji Trophy Group C match here today.
At the draw of stumps, Goa in their second innings were 11 for no loss with Sagun Kamat and Rohan Balekar unbeaten on 4 and 7 respectively.
Resuming at their overnight score of 134 for one, Assam came close to overhaul Goa's first innings total of 381 but some brilliant bowling by Jakati and two run-outs saw them all out for 366 as the match heads for a draw with only one day remaining.
Jakati first got the breakthrough when he had AS Sinha leg-before for 39.
SA Roy, who battled resolutely and shared second-wicket partnership of 95 with Sinha, looked set to score a century but was caught by Ravikant Shukla off Rahul Asnodkar for 87.
Dhiraj Jadhav took the fight to the rival camp but two run-outs spoiled Assam's chances of taking the lead as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Jadhav was out for 52 caught by Bisla off Gawas.
Jakati then dismissed AN Ahmed (18) and A Konwar (0) to end Assam hopes of going into the knock out stage.
While Jakati claimed four wickets, MG Gawas took two and Asnodkar claimed one wicket.
Brief Scores: Goa 381 and 11 for 0 lead Assam 366 (SA Roy 87, Dhiraj Jadhav 52; Shadab Jakati 4 for 72, MG Gawas 2 for 81) by 26 runs
First Published: December 31, 2012, 8:43 pm