Jharkhand takes first innings lead against Goa

Jamshedpur: A fine spell by Jharkhand leg spinner Samar Quadri restricted Goa to 189 in their first innings and helped the hosts the take the vital first innings lead on the second day of the four-day Plate group Ranji trophy match at Keenan stadium.

Resuming at an overnight score of two for one, Goa’s unbeaten opener Sher Bahadur Yadav (8) and Vidyadhar Kamat (0) returned cheaply after Jharkhand strike bowlers S S Rao and Jaskaran Singh struck early to shatter the visitors run chase.

Reagan Pinto (36 -2x4), who stepped in following the dismissal of Yadav, and Keenan Vaz (14 - 2x4) steadied the innings stitching valuable 34 runs partnership for the 5th wicket stand before Vaz returned a simple catch in the follow through to Quadri, who returned with a rich haul of five for 43.

Even as Goa lost seven wickets for paltry 80 runs, Robin D’souza (54) and Amit Yadav (unbeaten 48) displayed a cautious knock to rescue the team from early collapse as they paired for 97-run stand for the eight wicket.

D’souza, who was displayed strokeful knock, found the gap and dispatched the ball to fence eight times to hit up highest 54 off 107 deliveries.

D’souza misread a rising delivery and edged a catch to Captain Shahbaz Nadeem off Quadri.

Amit Yadav impressed the spectators with his scintillating knock notching up unbeaten 48 studded with five fours and two sixes off 94 balls.

Rao and debutant Singh, who replaced Rahul Shukla, shared two wickets each.

At stumps, Jharkhand scored 42 runs without loss off 20 overs. Openers Manish Vardahan was batting on 12 (1x4) and Rameez Nemat was batting on 23 (2x4).


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