Goa take first inning lead over Assam

Porvorim: Spinner Shadab Jakati returned a four-wicket haul to spoil Assam chances of making it to the knock-out stage as Goa bowled out the visitors for 366 to take narrow 15-run lead in their Ranji Trophy Group C match here on Monday.

At draw of stumps, Goa in their second innings were 11 for no loss with Sagun Kamat and Rohan Balekar unbeaten on 4 and 7 respectively.

Resuming at their overnight score of 134 for one, Assam came close to overhaul Goa`s first inning total of 381 but some brilliant bowling by Jakati and two run-outs saw them all out for 366 as the match is heading for a draw with only one day remaining.

Jakati first got the break through when he had A S Sinha leg before for 39.

S A Roy who battled resolutely and shared second wicket partnership of 95 with Sinha looked set to score a century but was caught by Ravikant Shukla off Rahul Asnodkar for 87.

Dhiraj Jadhav took the fight to the rival camp but two run-outs spoiled Assam`s chances of taking the lead as wickets fell at regular interval.

Jadhav was out for 52 caught by Bisla off Gawas.

Jakati then dismissed A N Ahmed (18) and A Konwar (0) to end Assam hopes of going into the knock out stage.

While Jakati claimed four wickets, M G Gawas took two and R D Asnodkar claimed one wicket.


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