File photo – Rituraj Singh took four of Andhra’s last five wickets © K Sivaraman
Four wickets from Goa medium-pacer Rituraj Singh trumped Ricky Bhui‘s 71 to seal an exciting 34-run win against Andhra early on the third day in Dhanbad. Chasing 233, Bhui took Andhra till 179 before they were bowled out for 198.
Resuming on 99 for 3, Andhra batted for just over 10 overs before Shadab Jakati struck in consecutive overs to bowl Dwaraka Ravi Teja for 49 and have AG Pradeep caught behind for 1. At 127 for 5, Andhra were helped by a stand of 39 between Bhui and Bhargav Bhatt.
But Rituraj wiped out the lower order, striking off consecutive deliveries to remove Bhatt and KV Sasikanth. At 168 for 7, Bhui was Andhra’s only hope. Once he was caught behind off Amulaya Pandrekar, Rituraj took the last two wickets to finish with 4 for 24. Bhui’s third half-century in as many matches could not get them any points, while Goa took six. Jakati finished with 11 wickets in the match, having taken a career-best 8 for 53 in the first innings.
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