Porvorim: Hosts Goa dominated opening day of the Ranji Trophy Plate Group match against Sikkim as they bowled out visitors for a paltry 136 and then in reply reached 116 for 3, at Goa Cricket Association’s Academy Ground in Porvorim, on Monday. Goa need another 21 runs to surpass visitors first innings total.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Goa got the visitors out for 136 soon after lunch. In a match in which Goa need to get maximum of points to qualify back to the Elite Group, the visitors — who at one stage appeared to be bowled out before lunch — held on to a good eighth-wicket partnership of 43 runs that saw Lee Lepcha score 56 runs in 117 balls.
“It was a disappointing first day. Had the boys bowled Sikkim out before lunch, we were within sights of finishing off the game in two and a half days or a little more. We need to get as many bonus points to be able to beat our closest rivals Pondicherry in qualification,” said a disappointed Prakash Mayenkar, Director of Cricket (seniors) at the end of the first day’s play.
“We should have bowled Sikkim out before lunch and with the 20 odd extra overs we would have got, we could have set up a substantial total to wrap the match in our favour early,” added Prakash.
Lakshay Garg claimed three wickets for Goa whilst Heramb Parab, Felix Alemao and Darshan Misal took two wickets each. Amulya Pandrekar chipped in with one wicket.
In reply, Goa suffered early jolts as they lost the wickets of Sumiran Amonkar and Aditya Kaushik for four runs. After the departure of both the openers,
captain Amit Verma and wicketkeeper Smit Patel steadied Goa’s innings. Smit was lucky to have been dropped by the Sikkim wicketkeeper Ashish Thapa early in his innings before he completed his
Ashish displayed butter fingers during Goa’s first innings allowing around ten extras.
Smit was finally dismissed after making a patient 53. At the close of day’s play, captain Amit Verma was not out on 32 and giving him company was Snehal Kauthankar who was batting on 4.