Saurashtra beat Assam, retain berth in Elite Division

Rajkot: The spin duo of Kamlesh Makwana and Ravindra Jadeja wrecked havoc as Saurashtra crushed Assam by 172 runs to secure five points and retain its place in the Ranji Trophy Elite division here on Friday.

While Makwana snared six wickets, Jadeja picked up three.

Saurashtra was in a must-win situation having only five points while Assam needed a point to avert relegation but on the turning track of the SCA stadium Khandheri, the visiting batsmen could not resist Makwana and Jadeja while chasing a target of 249.

The visitors were bundled out for 76 in just 29.3 overs on the third day.

Saurashtra had made 140 runs in the first innings and restricted Assam to 127. In their second essay the hosts made 235 in which Jadeja contributed with 84 and set Assam a target of 249 runs to win.

Resuming their overnight 233 for 9, Saurashtra batsmen Saurya Sanandiya and Hardik Rathod could not do much, adding only two runs, and the hosts were all out of 235.

Arnel Konwar was the pick of the Assam bolwers taking four wickets conceding 59 runs while Terjinder Singh finished with three for 34.

Chasing a target of 249, none of the Assam batsmen could resist the spin attack of Makwana-Jadeja duo and the visitors at one stage were 76 for 6, lost another four wickets without adding a single run.

S Sriram (24), Gokul Sharma (20), Abu Nachim Ahmed (16) and Amol Majumdar (12) could reach the double digit while five batsmen including Dhiraj Jadhav failed to open their account.

Makwana was proved to be the wrecker-in-chief on the turning track taking six wickets conceding only 22 runs in his 10.3 overs. He was supported well by Jadeja who finished with three for 25 off his 13 overs.

With this win, Saurashtra secured five points and finished with 10 points and retained their place in the elite division while Assam who needed a point failed to do so and has been relegated to plate division.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 140 and 233, Assam 127 and 76 S Sriram 24, Gokul Sharma 20, Abu Nachim Ahmed 16, Kamlesh Makwana 6-22, Ravindra Jadeja 3-25).