Captain Pankaj Singh produced an incisive spell of fast bowling for a five-wicket haul as Rajasthan bundled out Assam for a paltry 195 in their Group B Ranji Trophy match, here today. Electing to field, Rajasthan made an impact on the game with Pankaj accounting for both the Assam openers.
He first trapped Rahul Hazarika (6) and then had Pallav Kumar Das (40) caught by wicket-keeper Chetan Bisht. Before being dismissed Pallav had added 63 runs for the second wicket with Rishav Das, who ended up top scorer for his side with an unbeaten 93. Rishav was solid from one end but kept losing partners with following batsmen struggling to reach double-digit score. Rishav's 93 came off 221 balls with 10 shots to the fence. Only Syed Mohammed managed 15 runs while Amit verma, (0), KB Arun Karthik (7), Gokul Sharma (0) and Tarjinder Singh (1) all falling cheaply. Pankaj completed his five-wicket haul when he caught and bowled Krishna Das (9), who happened to be the last man out on Assam first innings. NB Singh (2/40) took two wickets while A V Choudhary (1/22) and AB Singh (1/32) dismissed one batsman each. Brief Scores: Assam 1st innings: 195 all out in 84.1 overs (Rishav Das 93 not out, PK Das 40; Pankaj Singh 5/39).