Riding on Darshan Misal’s century and a fifty by Lakshay Garg, Goa took a 75-run lead against Services during their Elite Group C Ranji Trophy match being played at Goa Cricket Association Academy ground, Porvorim on Friday. Goa finished the second day on 259/9.
Misal and Garg’s partnership played saving grace for Goa after the top and middle order were sent back cheaply by Services’ bowlers Sachidanand Pandey and Diwesh Pathania. Falling into a downward spiral, Goan batsmen were left the team in a lurch at 120/8.
Early on in the day, Sumiran Amonkar and Sagun Kamat’s effort to forge a partnership failed after Amonkar was sent back for just 13 runs after facing 58 deliveries. He was bowled by Sachidanand Pandey.
Amit Verma who was next in, fell soon without opening the score and was prey to Pandey after he was caught by Devender Lohchab. Sagun Kamat’s innings too came to a close after the umpire raised the finger to signal a LBW off a delivery from Diwesh Pathania. He scored 26 off 47 consisting four boundaries.
Pathania struck again to take out Goa wicket keeper Keenan Vaz on the first ball plumping him LBW on a duck.
Next in Mohammad Asaduddin too failed to make a sizeable contribution to an already rattled top ordered and was plucked by Pathania for just 2 runs after facing 11 balls. At this stage Goa were gruelling at 53/6 and were desperately in search of a partnership to save their innings.
Snehal Suhas and Darshan Misal who began to what looked a steady partnership folded, when Rajat Paliwal caught Suhas off a delivery by Pathania for 26.
Amulya Pandrekar’s 15-run cameo ended after he was caught by Lohchab off a delivery by Pandey.
It was now up to Misal and Lakshay Garg to keep Goa afloat and they did as Misal went on to complete his century and Garg a cautious fifty. Garg was run-out by Nitin Tanwar after facing 158 deliveries and smashing six boundaries.
Misal remained not out at 101 hitting eight boundaries and two sixes, along with Vijesh Prabhudessai who has not yet opened his account at the end of day’s play.
Diwesh Pathania and Sachidanand Pandey were the pick of the bowlers from the Services camp, claiming 4 wickets each and giving away 74 and 59 runs respectively.