The Super League match between Railways and Assam being played at the Karnail Singh stadium here reached an interesting stage on Day Three on Friday.
After dismissing Railways for 182 for a five-run lead, Amol Muzumdar's side were left stranded at 160 for 9 on a pitch that will test the mettle of batsmen on the final day.
The day began with pacer Dhiraj Goswami intent on completing a five-wicket haul. A brilliant delivery to Kulamani Parida that left his stumps rattled gave Goswami his only wicket of the day. Jai P Yadav (37) followed soon after.
Assam then began their quest to build on the slender lead but failed to threaten at any stage.
Skipper Murali Kartik removed opener Dheeraj Jadhav (6) and ran out Pervez Aziz (7). He later returned to dismiss Sridharan Sriram (8). Kartik has taken nine wickets in the match.
Had it not been for his counterpart, Muzumdar (73*), Assam would have been in deeper trouble. He strung together a few brief partnerships to help his side into three figures.
A result seems certain with both teams having equal chance on a track that has been difficult to score off.
Brief Scores: Assam 187 and 160/9 (A Muzumdar 73 no; M Kartik 5/66) vs Railways 182.