Jammu and Kashmir are on course to register their third win of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season with another 211 runs needed with two full days to go against Assam.
Resuming from their overnight score of 6/0 in the second innings at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, adrift by 10 runs, Assam currently locked in a Round 8 Elite C match with J&K, were folded for 245 to leave the visiting side with a target of 230. At stumps on day 2, J&K were 19/1.
Assam’s second innings was dented by two quick strikes from India allrounder Irfan Pathan, who first had Biplab Saikia dismissed for seven on the last ball of the third over and then Rahul Hazarika out for four in the ninth over. Gokul Sharma was the next to go after he edged it behind to Kanhaiya Wadhawan off Rasikh Salam.
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Sarupam Purkayastha and opener Rishav Das then steadied the ship with a 69-run partnership before Purkayastha was castled by Umar Nazir four runs short of his fifty.
Assam captain Amit Sinha was run out for 33, while Das, who faced 200 balls for a well-played 95, fell short of his century after he was trapped leg-before by Pathan, who picked up his third wicket. Das’ innings was decorated with 13 boundaries.
Assam lost their next four wickets inside 10 overs with J&K captain Parvez Rasool accounting for three wickets, while Salam bagged another.
For J&K, Pathan and Rasool were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets each. Pathan went for 45 runs in his 13 overs at 3.46, while Rasool went for 30 runs in his 11.2 overs at 2.65.
In reply, J&K lost opener Ahmad Omar Banday for a duck to Arup Das to leave Qamran Iqbal and Shubham Khajuria batting on 13 and naught respectively when stumps were drawn.
Brief scores: J&K 144 & 19/1 need 211 runs to win versus Assam 128 & 245 (Rishav Das 95; Parvez Rasool 3/30, Irfan Pathan 3/45)