Jharkhand dished out a disciplined all-round performance to notch up a five-wicket win over Assam on the fourth and final day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match here today. Jharkhand thus grabbed six points from their fourth win out of seven games to jump to the top of the group B table with a total of 32 points, while Assam languished at the bottom after their fifth loss. Rahul Shukla (3/74) and Ashish Kumar (2/49) produced sensational spell of seam bowling to pick up the remaining five wickets as Assam ended their second innings at 299 after resuming at an overnight score of 269-5 in 98.2 overs. With Assam adding just 30 runs to their overnight score, Jharkhand were left with a victory target of 110 runs at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex. Opener Anand Singh (30) and I R Jaggi (34) then emerged as the top-scorers as Jharkhand piled up the runs in 20.2 overs, losing half of their side. Seamers AK Das (3/49) and DS Goswami (2/38) were the pick of the bowlers for Assam. Earlier, Arun Karthik (4) was the first to be dismissed after he was caught and bowled by Shukla in the 100th over.
Overnight batsman Sibsankar Roy (86) was the next to go when he was caught by Kaushal Singh off Shukla's bowling in his next over. A N Ahmed (9) was then caught by Jaggi off Ashish in the 103rd over, while Shukla cleaned up AK Das (0) as Assam slipped to 299-9. Ashish then picked up the last wicket Goswami (11) in the next over. Brief Score: Jharkhand 1st innings: 316 Jharkhand 2nd innings: 111/5 in 20.2 overs (I R Jaggi (34; AK Das 3/49) Assam 1st innings 126 Assam 2nd innings: 299 (f/o) in 104.4 overs (S A Roy 86; R Shukla 3/74).
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