Ranji Trophy Plate League, 4th round, 3rd day December 3, 2009

Assam complete three-day drubbing

Cricinfo staff

Group A

Assam 331 (Jadhav 114, Chanda 5-65) beat Tripura 104 (Nechim 5-40) and 172 (Nechim 5-43) by an innings and 55 runs

Abu Nechim took his second five-for of the match, finishing with career-best figures of 10 for 83, as Tripura was dismissed for 172 during the follow-on, giving Assam victory by an innings and 55 runs in three days. Tripura began the day on 35 for 3, trailing by 192 runs. Kaushik Aphale and Nishit Shetty steered them to 90 but both batsmen were dismissed by Sairaj Bahutule and Arlen Konwar in quick time. Nechim then began dismantling the lower-order, taking four of the last five wickets to fall to finish with 5 for 43 off 23.2 overs. The victory catapulted Assam from sixth to the top of the Plate League.

Jharkhand 282 for 9 (Prasad 106, Tiwary 60) trail Goa 561 for 8 dec (Ratra 170*, Sriram 69, Jakati 63, Keni 60, Nadeem 3-101) by 279 runs

Goa's bowlers backed up a terrific performance from their batsmen by chipping away at the Jharkhand batting line-up and were a wicket away from giving their captain the option of enforcing the follow-on. Jharkhand, resuming on 34 for 1 on the third morning, had only two major contributors. Opener Sachin Prasad scored a century, his maiden first-class hundred, and captain Saurabh Tiwary made 60 but no one else passed 20. Shadab Jakati was the best bowler, taking 3 for 53 in 27 overs, while Saurabh Bandekar and Kshemal Waingankar took two apiece.

Vidarbha 238 (Jangid 63, Mathur 3-49) and 158 for 5 (Kolhar 61*) lead Rajasthan 244 (Khoda 76, Wakhare 6-56) by 152 runs

There's an absorbing tussle going on in Jaipur. Vidarbha, having limited Rajasthan to only a six-run first-innings lead, were in turn reduced to 158 for 5, with an overall advantage of only 152. Rajasthan began the third day on 166 for 5, trailing by 72 runs, but their lower-order batsmen failed to string together partnerships. Akshay Wakhare sliced through the batting, taking the last four wickets to finish with career-best figures of 6 for 56, and Rajasthan were dismissed for 244. Vidarbha, in their second innings, made a solid start with the openers adding 61. However, after Amit Paunikar fell for 23, Vidarbha lost wickets regularly to slip to 118 for 5 before Akshay Kohlar, who was unbeaten on 61, steered them safely to the close of play. Pankaj Singh and Madur Khatri took two wickets each for Rajasthan.

Group B

Jammu and Kashmir 171 (Sudhindra 5-39) and 206 for 7 (Mane 59) trail Madhya Pradesh 519 (Bundela 153, Mishra 131, Saxena 70, Abid Nabi 5-148) by 142 runs
Madhya Pradesh were three wickets away from completing an innings victory against Jammu and Kashmir at the end of the third day in Indore. MP resumed their first innings on 440 for 7 in the morning and Devendra Bundela reached his 150. They were eventually dismissed for 519, with a lead of 348, and Abid Nabi was J&K's best bowler, having taken 5 for 148. J&K struggled in their second innings, losing two wickets with the score on 15. Captain Vinayak Mane and Hiken Shah revived the innings, steering them to 114, before both batsmen fell in quick succession. TP Sudhindra took 3 for 42, while Sanjay Pandey and Ankit Sharma took two each, to reduce J&K to 206 for 7 at stumps.

Andhra 138 (Budhwar 4-60) and 0 for 0 need 331 runs to beat Haryana 170 (Rana 57, Atchuti Rao 5-43) and 298 (Dewan 71, Joginder 110)

A rearguard century from No. 10 Joginder Sharma propped Haryana up to 298 in their second innings, setting Andhra a formidable target to win their Ranji Plate fixture in Anantapur. Haryana were in trouble in their second innings, resuming on 107 for 5, leading by only 139 runs. They soon lost their overnight half-centurion, Rahul Dewan, and were gradually reduced to 184 for 9. Joginder then found support in Sanjay Budhwar, the No. 11 batsman, who hung around for 75 balls and scored 17. Joginder went about doing the bulk of the scoring, hitting 16 fours in his 110 off 178 balls, before he was the last man dismissed. Andhra faced only one ball of the chase before play ended.