Thatscricket - News - Assam flatters after promising much, post 321/10

Published: Saturday, March 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Guwahati: Host Assam amassed 321 in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy knock out match against Karnataka at the Nehru Stadium on Saturday.Assam middle order collapsed due to some rash strokes and fine bowling by Dodda Ganesh. Karnataka had to take in a lot of hammering from the Assam top order batsmen as they scored 181 runs before lunch losing only two wickets.Karnataka managed to keep the game under control despite openers Parag Das and Subhrajit Saikia ripping through Karnataka attack. Southpaw Subhrajit took the initiative but it was left to Parag Das to tear apart the Karnataka bowling. The openers scored 94 runs in just over an hour and skipper Sunil Joshi brought himself on to stop the run riot and took the wicket of Subhrajit as he edged to Vijay Bharwadwaj.Subhrajit scored 49 runs scoring five singles and 11 thundering boundaries. But Parag was even more merciless. He took on both Dodda Ganesh and M A Khan and went on for clinical dissection of Karnataka bowling hammering 95 runs in just 81 balls with the help of 17 boundaries and two towering sixes much to the pleasure of home crowd enjoying a holiday.However, Parag showed how a few rash shots could change the entire innings of a team, which was going so well and that too after electing to bat first. He was in the nineties when he started playing some rash shots, narrowly surviving twice. But he perished at 95 when M A Khan took a good catch at long-off.Skipper Zakaria Zuffri and he added 73 runs for the second wicket. Zakaria, however, played a superb innings mixing aggression with caution even as the same old story of middle order repeated once again for Assam.Assam seemed determined to throw the huge advantage it got before lunch as five wickets perished between the lunch and tea interval. Subhadeep Ghosh started the procession and Rajesh Bora, S R Ganesh Kumar and Sukhvinder Singh did not disturb the scorer much and were back to the pavilion reducing Assam from 194 for two to 276 for seven.Much of the credit for the successive fall of wickets should go to Ganesh and Yelvigi who bowled well in the batsmen friendly wicket where the ball was coming nicely at knee height.As the middle order caved in Zakaria also lost his wicket when he was bowled by Yelvigi as he lost concentration after the procession of the middle order.Assam would not have reached 300 had the tail-enders not done their bit. Vinayak Sawant played a courageous 55 before being the last man to be out while trying to protect last man Zaved Zaman. In the six overs that was bowled in Karnataka innings before the stumps were drawn due to failing light, Karnataka scored 18 runs with Arun Kumar remaining not out on 10 and Mithun on eight. UNI

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