The title-defence for Vinay Kumar's Karnataka side didn't receive the ideal start © IANS
The title-defence for Vinay Kumar’s Karnataka side didn’t receive the ideal start © IANS

Guwahati: Arun Karthick struck a vital unbeaten 115 to help Assam garner three crucial points against defending champions Karnataka after their Group A Ranji Trophy match ended in a tame draw at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati. Chasing a huge 388 for an outright win, Assam were 30 for one in their second innings yesterday. The hosts today rode on former Tamil Nadu cricketer Arun Karthick’s patient century to eke out a draw and ensure three points for the side by virtue of first innings lead over the title holders. ALSO READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Assam gain 3 points in a hard-fought draw against Karnataka

Resuming from the overnight score, Assam lost Pallav Kumar Das (26) and Amit Verma early before skipper Gokul Sharma and Arun Karthick joined hands to steady the innings. The duo shared 132 runs for the fourth wicket to stabilise Assam as they finally ended their second innings on 259 for five in 102 overs. Cricket updates: Assam vs Karnataka Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Guwahati

Arun Karthick played out 258 balls and struck 15 boundaries and three sixes during his century knock. Sharma also made vital 55 off 154 balls while left-arm spinner Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad (21 off 96) also came up with a gritty knock to deny any inroads to the Karnataka bowlers.

For Karnataka, skipper Vinay Kumar (2 for 41) and left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith (2 for 60) picked up two wickets apiece. While Assam pocketed three points by virtue of the slender seven runs first innings lead, Karnataka garnered one point from the match.

Brief scores:

Karnataka: 187 (Shishir Bhavane 65; Syed Mohammed 7 for 44) & 394 for eight decl. (Ravikumar Samarth 131, Mayank Agarwal 47; Swarupam Purkayastha 3 for 78) drew with Assam 194 (Pallav Kumar Das 55, Amit Verma 57; Karun Nair 2 for 11) & 259 for five in 102 overs (Arun Karthick 115 not out, Gokul Sharma 55; Vinay Kumar 2 for 41).