Jharkhand beat Goa by 7 wickets
PORVORIM: Goa started their Ranji tie against Jharkhand with a depleted bowling line up and the visitors exposed the brittleness of Goa’s batting depth when they won the Elite Group C match by seven wickets at the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) Academy ground in Porvorim on Saturday.
Resuming their second innings on the final day trailing Jharkhand by sixteen runs the Goa batting order crumbled in the morning of the final day with first innings century scorer Amit Verma being dismissed for zero and none of the batsmen from Goa being able to cross the half century
Jharkhand began the morning on a positive note restricting the Goan batsmen from scoring. Some good fielding by the visitors kept the Goan batsmen at bay and as wickets fell in regular intervals, defeat seemed evident for the hosts as the first drinks break approached.
Suyash Prabhudessai (39) and Snehal Kauthankar (35) were the only batsmen who tried the resist the Jharkand bowling web which did not give the Goan lads any room to lay a foundation for a good partnership.
Amit Verma who scored 154 in the first innings was brilliantly caught by Anukul Roy on the third ball of Abhay Kumar and the catch literally signaled the end of Goa’s ability to force the match into a draw.
While in the first innings four batsmen from Goa failed to open their accounts, three could not open their tally in the second innings. Captain Sagun Kamat who scored 13 and VG Kahlon who contributed 16 were the only two batsmen from Goa who could cross the two digit mark in Goa second innings thus bowling Goa for 131 leaving the visitors to score 103 to win.
Jharkhand opener Kumar Deobrat who finished on 48 not out steadied the innings for his team and despite the loss of three wickets Jharkand never looked in doubt of wrapping the match in their favour.
Saurabh Tiwary contributed a quick fire 29 whilst IR Jaggi was not out on 20 when the final runs were scored to leave Jharkhand with a well deserved win.
Jharkhand bowler Rahul Prasad tormented the Goan batsmen in their second innings and claimed six wickets while Ashush Kumar scalped