Ranji Trophy: Assam trounce Jharkhand
675 // 12 Nov 2012, 21:05 IST
Points: Assam – 6, Jharkhand – 0
Coming on the heels of a good victory against Jammu & Kashmir, this was a bad result. Especially given the fact that there were many instances Jharkhand were in full control of the game. And the defeat coming at home makes the qualification chances slightly slimmer. A golden opportunity to be in pole position for the race to quarter-finals has been squandered. Instead it’s now Assam leading the way in the group.
Batting collapses in both innings and allowing Assam lower order to get away with a lot of runs in the second innings were the key contributors to this loss. The pitch was spin-friendly and batting difficult but this was a match which should have been won.
Assam’s 1st innings was restricted to 179 thanks to 4-wicket hauls for Nadeem & Sunny Gupta. Jharkhand in response were cruising along before losing the last 7 wickets for just 32 runs to concede a 5 run lead. Nemat was the top scorer with 53. Nadeem picked up another 4 wicket haul while Sunny got 3 to restrict Assam to 207. It could have been quite worse but Assam’s last 3 wickets added 82 runs which in the end proved decisive. In the 2nd innings chasing 213 Nemat was once again the top scorer with 42 but another collapse saw the team fall short by 53 runs.
Overall a bad result. Hoping for a better performance against Goa in the 3rd game starting on November 17th.