Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Group C, Round 5: Rajasthan record fourth win, trounce Assam by innings and 43 runs

Rajasthan recorded their fourth win of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy when they defeated Assam by an innings and 43 runs on Saturday. Assam, resuming the day on 104 for 3 were bowled out for 174, handing Rajasthan a bonus point with fast bowler Aniket Choudhary picking up his eighth five-wicket haul in First-Class cricket.

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For Assam, Gokul Sharma and wicketkeeper batsman Kunal Saikia showing resistance. The two batsmen added 96 runs for the fourth wicket with Sharma striking a half-century. Nathu Singh snapped the flourishing partnership to give Rajasthan their first breakthrough of the day trapping Assam’s top scorer Sharma for 77.

Choudhary, who had removed opener Rishav Das on Friday removed dismissed Saikia for his second wicket, falling one short of a half-century as substitute Manender Singh completed a successful catch – he took two more catches in the innings. Assam lost their last seven wickets for just 33 runs with Choudhary picking up the wickets of Arup Das, Ranjit Mali and Mukhtar Hussain to clean up the tail.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan 325 all out beat Assam 174 all out (Gokul Sharma 77, Kunal Saikia 49; Aniket Choudhary 5 for 40) and 108 all out by an innings and 43 runs.