RAHUL R Dave slammed an unbeaten century to consolidate Saurashtra's reply to Tamil Nadu on the second day of their four-day Under-19 Elite Group Super League Cooch Behar Trophy match, at the Chowk Stadium here on Monday.
Despite facing a disciplined bowling attack of TN, skipper Dave didn't lose his concentration and helped his team finish the day for 193/6. Saurashtra still need 31 more runs to take first innings lead, and it looks almost certain, if Dave continues to bat like this on day three on Tuesday.
It was a bad start for Saurashtra when they lost two quick wickets for just 23 on the board in 13.4 overs. But Dave stood like a solid rock and steadied the innings with a fine 91-run fourth wicket partnership with PP Solanki (26).
And once he found his eyes set on the ball, he was almost unstoppable. Though he was a bit slow, his knock made the difference to the side at the end of the day. His 114 runs came off 239 balls with the help of 12 boundaries and a six. HP Chauhan (8) was giving him company at the crease when the stumps were drawn on Monday.
TN (1st innings): 223 in 81 overs (I Beig 50 not out, Prashant 45, S Senthil 30, U Sushil 22, Brijesh Chauhan 3 for 42, Mayur R Sodhatara 3 for 42).
Saurashtra (1st innings): 193 for 6 in 90 overs (RR Dave 114 not out, PP Solanki 26, MK Gandhi 3 for 36, GA Domeneil 2 for 11).
Assam score 310
IN OTHER match of the day, Assam posted a healthy 310 runs in their first innings against Hyderabad, at the LDA Stadium.
Resuming at the overnight score of 231/4, both unbeaten batsmen Rishav Das and Roshan Basfore played well to help the side cross 300-run mark. Das before being caught by Vishwak off Sarvesh Kumar struck 84 with 13 fours, while Basfore made 64 with eight fours and two sixes.
Right-arm seamer Sarvesh Kumar was pick of the Hyderabad bowler, bagging 6/76, while M Gabriel and Yuvraj Yadav shared four wickets between them.
In reply to Assam's first innings total, Hyderabad were 176/3 at the end of the Day Two. Parth Jhala (48, 3x4) and Sandeep Rajan (33, 5x4) were at the crease.
Giving a fine start to the innings, Neeraj Bisht (38) and Ashish Reddy (33) added 70 runs for the opening wicket. And later both Jhala and Rajan capitalized the initiative quite smartly.
Assam (1st innings): 310 all out (Rishav Das 84, Roshan Basfore 64, Sib Shankar Roy 50, Krishanu 39, Sarvesh 6 for 76, M Gabriel 2 for 50, Y Yadav 2 for 66).
Hyderabad (1st innings): 176 for 3 in 63 overs (P Jhala 48 not out, N Bisht 38, A Reddy 33, S Ranja