Anureet Singh finished with 5 for 28 to shoot Assam out for 55 in their second innings and send them hurtling to an innings-and-184-run defeat in their Ranji Trophy 2017-18 Group A clash on Friday (October 27). Elsewhere, Shreyas Gopal and K Gowtham shared seven wickets between them to take Karnataka to a 59-run win over Hyderabad. Chirag Khuaran’s six wickets ensured Rinku Singh’s century went in vain as Maharashtra sealed a 31-run win over Uttar Pradesh as all three matches in the group ended decisively.
Karnataka went to top of the group with 13 points from two games, while Hyderabad were stuck in fifth place with two points from three games. Railways, who were temporarily on top, slipped to second after Karnataka’s victory. They also have 13 points, but from three games. Delhi are third with 10 points, three clear of Maharashtra, while Uttar Pradesh and Assam prop up the table.
Assam had their work cut out at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, having conceded a 239-run first-innings lead after Railways declared at 483 for 7 in response to their 244. But their second innings never took off as Anureet’s pace dismantled the top order and reduced them to 41 for 7 in 27 overs by stumps on the third day.
They only lasted 5.3 overs on Friday as Anureet grabbed two more wickets. It was a sorry-looking scorecard for Assam, with Kunal Saikia top-scoring with 16 off 55 and none of the other ten batsmen reaching double-figures.
Deepak Bansal, the left-arm seamer, took 2 for 6 while Amit Mishra, the right-arm seamer, snapped up 2 for 13.
While Anureet ended with a match haul of 8 for 109, the Railways top order deserved a lot of credit too. After they bowled Assam out the first time, Arindam Ghosh scored a steady 109, his fourth first-class century, to anchor the innings. He was well supported by Saurabh Wakaskar (80), Shivakant Shukla (86) and Nitin Bhille (89) while Ashish Yadav, batting at No. 7, also chipped in with 50.
Points: Assam 0, Railways 7
Chasing 288 more to win with eight wickets in hand on the fourth day after being set 380 for victory, Hyderabad lost both their set batsmen — Tanmay Agarwal and Ambati Rayudu, the captain — in the first session after resuming on 92 for 2.
B Sandeep made a patient 80 off 205 and Ashish Reddy hit an unbeaten 57 off 85, and while that offset the early loss of wickets, it wasn’t enough to take the side across the line. Shreyas (4 for 91), the legspinner, mopped up the tail as Hyderabad were all out for 320. Gowtham’s offspin brought him 3 for 92.
Karnataka were shot out for 183 on the first day, but Shreyas (5 for 17) and Gowtham hit back to bowl Hyderabad out for 136 and give their team a 47-run lead, which ultimately proved crucial. Shreyas finished with an impressive match haul of 9 for 108, while Gowtham complemented him with 6 for 148.
Karnataka made 332 in their second innings, courtesy Karun Nair’s 134, and while Hyderabad made a brave fist of it towards the end, they had left themselves with too much to do.
Points: Karnataka 6, Hyderabad 0
Rinku Singh scored a brilliant century and Akshdeep Nath chipped in with a half-century but the rest of the Uttar Pradesh batting failed as Maharashtra’s Chirag Khurana, the offspinner, ran through them to bowl the home team out for 271 and secure Maharashtra a 31-run win.
Armed with a first-innings lead of 41, Maharashtra resumed the final day on 256 for 4. Naushad Shaikh (32) and Rohit Motwani (34) didn’t last long with Saurabh Kumar running out the former and dismissing the latter. Ankit Bawne’s declaration came at 282 for 7 eight overs into the day, leaving Uttar Pradesh with a steep target of 324 in 80 overs.
At the top of the order, Shivam Chaudhary scored a handy 35 off 50 balls to set the ball rolling but his dismissal left UP teetering at 84 for 3. Suresh Raina’s dismissal for five by Khurana plunged them further into the mire before a century partnership between Rinku and Akshdeep steadied the ship. Nath was eventually bowled by Khurana for 79 after a stand of 112, leaving UP on 217 for 5, 107 short of victory. Rinku was a strong presence at the other end but no other UP batsman was able to hold out for long. Rinku was left last man standing when Vineet Panwar was run out by Shrikant Mundhe and UP fell short by 31 runs, his unbeaten 122 coming off just 136 deliveries with 13 fours and two sixes.
Khurana finished with 6 for 131 in 34 overs while Jagdish Zope, Akshay Darekar and Anupam Sanklecha all picked up one wicket each.
Points: Uttar Pradesh 0; Maharashtra 6