New Delhi: Assam on Thursday fought their way back splendidly through Dhiraj Goswami’s four-wicket haul and put themselves in contention for a first innings lead against Railways in their Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match here.
Assam were on the backfoot, having lost seven wickets on the opening day, and then folding for 187 early on Thursday but they reduced the Railways to 164 for eight.
Railways are still trailing by 23 runs and if Assam manage to get the remaining two wickets within that deficit, they will get the first innings lead, which will fetch them three points in case of a draw.
At stumps, Jai P Yadav (30) and Kulamani Parida (3) were at the crease for the hosts.
Assam began day two at 174 for seven and lost the three wickets after adding another 13 runs at the Karnail Singh stadium.
The script changed after that as paceman Goswami took four wickets to plot the Railways’ fall.
But it was Ranjitkumar Mali (2/31) who drew first blood by accounting for Faiz Fazal (4).
Goswami (4/43) claimed his first wicket in V Cheluvaraj (2) and then dismissed Yere Goud (4), T P Singh (41) and M Suresh (16).
Singh was the highest scorer for Railways. He faced 91 balls and struck five fours.
Suresh defied the attack for some time, facing 72 balls for his 16 but eventually became the fourth victim of Goswami.
At the start, Assam lost Arlen Konwar (6), Tarjinder Singh (43) and Prakash Bhagat (0).