Porvorom: Goa finished their last home match of the Vijay Merchant Trophy by showing a steep improvement in performance and holding Andhra Pradesh to a draw in their penultimate match at the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) ground in Porvorim on Thursday.
If the batsmen of Goa showed maturity as the tournament progressed, the bowlers followed suit and leg spinner Shreyash Usganokar was the pick of the lot after having finished with six Andhra Pradesh wickets by giving away 87 runs in 27 overs. Shreyas had contributed 18 runs in Goa’s first innings.
Andhra started their first innings on 222 for the loss of six wickets on the final day and scored hundred runs in the first hour of the morning – losing five wickets in the bargain- before declaring at 324 for the loss of nine wickets.
The morning was all about how Shreyash could stall the Andhra batsmen from scoring quick runs and his variations ultimately led to the visitors declaring at 10.30 am with a lead of 96 runs.
In reply, Goa started the second innings steadily with opener Izaan Shaikh and captain Arsh Sardesai scoring 53 and 57 respectively and taking Goa’s total to 141 for 2 before both teams settled for a draw with Andhra returning home with three points and Goa retaining one. Devankumar Chittem scored 31.
Faizan Sayed claimed the other two wickets.
Kallum Reddy (104) and Shaik Rasheed (101) were the top scorers for Andhra Pradesh.
Goa is now on five points from five matches, having drawn three and lost two. Goa got three points from the last match drawn.
“The progress made by the team from the start of the tournament till now is an indication of the talent we have. We cannot rest on this laurel but can definitely work more. Apart from congratulating the players I think thanks should go to coach Robin D’Souza and Director of coaching (juniors ) Sharad Pednekar for the work put in by them behind the scenes,” GCA president Suraj Lotlikar told media men after the match.
Goa plays the last match against Hyderabad on November 18.