Jaydev Unadkat ended with figures of 6 for 48 on Day Three    Getty Images (File Photo)
Jaydev Unadkat ended with figures of 6 for 48 on Day Three Getty Images (File Photo)

Saurasthra who began their play at 121 for 9 on Day Three, started their second innings with loss of a wicket already in Round 5 of Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Arup Das was at the top with seven-wicket haul as they bundled out Saurashtra early on. But it was equally a tough time for Assam as they ended their play at 171 at the end of Day Three. Arun Karthik was the top-scorer for the side with a fifty to his name while Amit Verma added 28 runs to the scoreboard. But Jaydev Unadkat equally gave his best as he took six wickets to bowl out Assam during their first innings. On Day Two, After the first day s proceedings was abandoned due to rain, second day began at 12.40 pm because of wet outfield and Assam, opting to bowl, straightway got into action with Arup putting up a fine display of seam bowling in his captivating spell. READ: Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

Tottering at 39 for 6, Saurashtra put up a brave front lower down the order with No. 9 Unadkat leading the charge in his unbeaten on 31 from 47 balls as they saw through the curtailed day where 43 overs could be possible. Unadkat was on crease with last man Shaurya Sanandia (8 not out) when bad light stopped play as Assam would be fancying to bundle them out for their lowest ever with the match set for a tantalising finish. Saurashtra s lowest total against Assam is 140 in 2010-11.

For Arup, who has a career best 8 for 83, this was his second best performance as he s now behind Ishwar Pandey in the list of best bowling figures of the season. It was a good toss to win for Assam skipper KB Arun Karthik as their seam duo of Arup and Krishna Das (2 for 31) shared nine wickets between them, all coming from the club house end.

Unadkat had a fruitful 38-run partnership from 49 balls with Dharmendrasinh Jadeja as the duo took the team past 100 in 35.1 overs before the latter became Arup s seventh victim.

Brief Scores:

Saurashtra 153 (Jaydev Unadkat 46, Shaurya Sanandia 25; Arup Das 7 for 49) & 0/1 (Sagar Jogyiyani 0*; Arup Das 1 for 0) trail Assam 171 (Amit Verma 28, Arun Karthik 57; Jaydev Unadkat 6 for 48) by 18 runs