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Assam beat Goa by 7 runs
Assam defeated Goa by 7 runs in a pulsating Ranji Trophy Group C game in Guwahati on Tuesday after having conceded a narrow first innings lead to the visitors. Resuming at their overnight score of 166 for 6, Goa needed 218 for an outright win, but were bowled out for 210 at the Barsapara cricket stadium in Guwahati on the fourth and final day. Goa's hopes were pinned on Amit Verma and Lakshay Garg, who started the final day from their respective overnight scores of 62 and 57. Verma could add only 12 runs to his overnight score and fell for 74. He was the seventh man to be dismissed. Then Garg (73) staged a lone battle and took the visitors to the doorsteps of a thrilling victory. However Garg, who hit seven boundaries and two sixes in his 105-ball knock, could not finish the job. He was the ninth man out with 202 on the board. Then right-arm medium pacer Arup Das (6-67) trapped number 11 batsman Krishna Das (2) in front of the wicket to hand Assam a memorable win. Das had bagged three wickets in the first innings. The victory helped Assam take their points tally to 20 from 7 games. They are fourth on the ten-team table, while Goa are at the bottom of the standings. Brief scores: At Guwahati: Assam 175 and 235 (Rishav Das 67, Amit Sinha 52; Krishna Das 4-69) beat Goa 193 and 210 (Amit Verma 74, Lakshay Garg 73; Arup Das 6-67) by 7 runs. Assam 6 points, Goa 0 points. .