Goa trail Tripura by 251 runs



Goa batsmen’s poor show continued as they find themselves precariously placed at 107 for 4, trailing by 251 runs, in reply to Tripura’s first innings total of 358 all out, at the close of second day’s play of their Elite Group C Ranji Trophy match being played at the Police Training Academy Ground in Agartala, on Saturday.

Earlier, Tripura were helped by handy contributions from their lower order and early strikes from their pace duo of Ajoy Sarkar and Harmeet Singh.

Tripura had finished the opening day at 247/7 after a recovery led by the pair of Pratyush Singh and Harmeet for the seventh wicket.

Pratyush was the key to their recovery and he deservedly completed a century, his maiden in first-class cricket. He fell on 110 and Goa would have heaved a sigh of relief having let the advantage slip from their hands. But there was no respite with the tail putting up a stiff resistance. No 9 batsman Rajib Saha (68*) went on to score an unbeaten half-century and struck decent partnerships with Ajoy Sarkar (14) and Abhijit Sarkar to push the score 358- all out in 115.4 overs. From 128/6 at one stage, it was a terrific recovery.

The bowlers extended the good work of their batsmen after Ajoy got rid of opener Rajashekhar Harikant (4) and captain Sagun Kamat in successive overs. Harmeet then pinned Amit Verma in front on 7 and ended Sumiran Amonkar’s resistance on 22 off 110 to leave them 54/4 in 33.2 overs.

Snehal Suhas Kauthankar and Suyash Prabhudessai got together to arrest the slide and take the score past the 100-run mark without further damage. At stumps, Kauthankar had scored 41* while Prabhudessai was batting on 21 in an unbroken stand of 53 runs.

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