Ranji Trophy tie: Rishav Das misses ton, Assam in command
Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI: It could be a sleepless night for Assam’s middle-order batsman Rishav Das who missed a well deserved century today against Chattishgarh in the Ranji Trophy tie.
The batsman was well set to score his second first-class century at the ACA stadium, Barsapara here and even his teammates were ready to give him standing ovation. But the unfortunate incident happened right at that moment. Chattishgarh’s spinner Sumit Ruikar kept the ball just outside the off stamp and there was faint edge from the bat of Rishav before it went to the hand of Lavin Ian Coster. The batsman was just one run away to reach the three-figure score.
However, the innings put Assam in a commendable position in the game. Chasing visitors first innings total 318 Assam were 209 for 3 in their first innings at stumps on day II. Captain Gokul Sharma remained not out on 50 and Riyan Parag is giving him accompany (24). The host needs 110 runs to take the crucial first-innings lead with seven wickets at hand.
The start of Assam’s innings was not good as opener Rahul Hazarika (1) lost his wicket very early of the innings. But Subham Mondal, who made a debut in the game, showed good temperament and helped Rishav to repair the early damage. The duo added 68 runs on the second wicket before Subham (23 from 58 balls) got out.
Thereafter Rishav took full control on the game and captain Gokul Sharma gave him nice support. Rishav played 179 balls to score 99 and there were 14 hits to the fence. The third wicket partnership between Rishav and Gokul produced exactly 100 runs.
Gokul playing a captain’s knock and remained not out on 50 from 151 balls. It is the 20th first class fifty for the right handed batsman.
Earlier Chattishgarh, started their overnight score 276-7 were bowled out 318 in their first innings. Ranjeet Mali picked up four wickets while Arup Das and Riyan Parag bagged three wickets each.