Ranji Trophy: Delhi squander winning chance against Assam
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Ranji Trophy: Delhi squander winning chance against Assam

Ishant Sharma-led Delhi side squandered a golden opportunity to secure a win against Assam in their Ranji Trophy encounter while Bengal were held to a draw by Services as the first round of the tournament ended.

cricket Updated: Oct 09, 2017 22:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Ishant Sharma-led Delhi side squandered a golden chance to secure an outright win over Assam in the Ranji Trophy as they failed to chase down 79 in 14 overs. (Hindustan Times)

Delhi missed a golden opportunity to register an outright win as Assam managed to sneak home with a point defending a target of 79 in 14 overs during final hour of play.

What looked like a cakewalk in the first hour ended in disappointment for the home team as they managed only 49 runs in eight overs under fading light when umpires were forced to call off the day’s proceedings.

Adequate gamesmanship from Assam also helped them earn a psychological point from their opening Group A encounter. Unmukt Chand (25) failed to pierce the off-side field in fading light while Anuj Rawat’s inexperience showed. T20 specialist Nitish Rana (4) also failed going for a slog.

Assam captain Gokul Sharma spread the field with deep third man, deep point, deep midwicket and deep fine leg to stop the boundaries. Then at one point there were eight fielders at boundary giving batsmen chance to run two.

Brief scores: Assam 258 and 255 (SS Roy 87, Wasiqur Rahaman 63) vs Delhi 435 and (target 79 in 14 overs) 49/2 in 8 overs.

Andhra Pradesh hold off Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh batsmen survived some anxious moments to secure a draw against a strong Tamil Nadu on the final day of its opening Ranji Trophy Group “C” in Chennai.

An improved batting performance in the second innings by the host after conceding a 133-run first innings lead saw it set Andhra a target of 218 in 39 overs for an outright win. Baba Aparajith made an unbeaten 108 while skipper Abhinav Mukund missed out on a ton, falling for 95 and Test opener Murali Vijay came back after retiring hurt yesterday after appearing to roll his ankle to score a sparkling half-century

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 176 all out and 350 for 6 declared in 105 overs (Baba Aparajith 108 not out, Abhinav Mukund 95, M Vijay 55, Prithvi Raj Yarra 3 for 61)drew Andhra Pradesh 309 all out in 123.4 overs (B Sumanth 109, R Ashwin 4 for 71) and 198 for 7

Bengal hold Services

Bengal bowlers failed to bag more than seven wickets as Services batted out 77 overs on the final day to secure a point from their Group D Ranji Trophy encounter in Palam, New Delhi.

Chasing an improbable target of 355 runs from minimum 77 overs, Services managed to hang on, ending at 212 for seven after Bengal batted an hour on the final day to declare on 161 for five in 22 overs.

Brief scores: Bengal: 552/9 decl & 161/5 decl (Abhimanyu Easwaran 46, Wriddhiman Saha 22) Services: 359 & (target 355) 212/7 decl (Vikas Hathwala 64).

Complete Ranji wrap

Group A: Assam 258 & 255 all out in 108.4 overs drew with Delhi 435 & 49/2 in 8 overs Pts: Assam 1, Delhi 3

Group B: Rajasthan 330 & 246/4 in 68 overs (r Bishnoi 101*) drew with J&K 436/8d in 156.5 overs Pts: Rajasthan 1, J&K 3

Group C: Madhya Pradesh 551/8d & 73/2 in 16 overs beat Baroda 302 & 318 (f/o) in 76.3 overs Pts: Madhya Pradesh 6, Baroda 0

Tripura 194/8d in 68 overs drew with Odhisa 18/1 in 5 overs Pts: Tripura 1, Odhisa 1

Tamil Nadu 176 & 350/6d in 105 overs drew with Andhra Pradesh 309 & 198/7 in 41.1 overs (KS Bharat 64; K Vignesh 3/34) Pts: Tamil Nadu 1, Andhra Pradesh 3

Hyderabad drew against Maharashtra with the match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Group D: Chattisgarh 458 all out in 161.3 overs drew against Goa 277 & 170/7 in 67 overs (f/o) (SP Amonkar 53, SS Ruikar 5/29) Pts: Chattisgarh3, Goa 1

Himachal Pradesh 729/8d & 145/6 in 40 overs drew with Punjab 601 all out in 154.3 overs Pts: Himachal Pradesh 3, Punjab 1

Bengal 552/9d & 161/5d in 22 overs drew with Services 359 & 212/7 in 77 overs (target 355) (VS Hathwala 64) Pts: Bengal 3, Services 1

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 22:41 IST