PORVORIM: Goa earned three points by virtue of first innings lead as their Elite Group C, Ranji Trophy match against Services ended in a draw on the fourth and final day at GCA Academy ground, Porvorim on Sunday.
Amit Verma shone with the ball taking a five-wicket haul to help the hosts bowl out the visitors for 332 in their second innings. Goa in their second innings scored 67 for 2.
Resuming the day at 277/5, Gahaut and Nitin Tanwar looked in good form to lead the team to a big score, regardless the game was heading towards a draw.
Tanwar’s innings soon came to a close after he was caught by Darshan Misal off a delivery by Lakshay Garg for 27. His innings included on boundary and two sixes.
After Tanwar’s departure, wickets came in quick succession as Gahlaut on the other end failed to find a partner to forge a partnership. Next to leave the pitch was Diwesh Pathania, who failed to cross the line while attempting a run. Lakshay Garg made sure he took the bails off as Pathania was unable to open his account.
The centurion finally fell to Verma after being caught by Amogh Desai for 111, which came in 222 balls and included 14 boundaries. At this point Services were 332/9.
Hereon Services could not add any more runs after Sachidanand Pandey was the last wicket to fall, after he score just 1 runs facing 11 deliveries. Services had 332 on the scoreboard.
Starting off their second innings Goa did not attempt to chase down the posted target rather took the team to a comfortable draw. Opener Amogh Dessai was sent back after scoring just 9 runs. Services’ Akash Sharma’s delivery to Desai was caught by Arun Bamal.
But the second wicket came immidiately in the form of captain Sagun Kamat who was given LBW off a delivery from Akash Sharma without making any runs.
Amit Verma saved the day for Goa, and partnered Amonkar to give services bowlers a tough time; though they did not score openly but they stayed glued to the wicket.
Amonkar and Verma remained not out at 20 and 23 after facing 168 and 121 balls respectively. Amonkar’s steady innings saw 3 boundaries while a cautious Verma struck two across the fence.
In Goa’s bowling camp, apart from Verma’s fine bowling spell, Lakshay Garg and Vijesh Prabhudessai took two wickets each. While, Services’ Akash Sharma was the sole wicket taker in the second innings dismissing both Goan batsmen. Goa’s Darshan Misal was adjudged as the player of the match.