Bowlers strike, Goa defeats Jharkhand by 161 runs

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Margao, Nov 19 (UNI) Goan bowlers ripped through the batting line up of Jharkhand, helping the hosts defeat the visitors by 161 runs and gain full points on the last day of the four day Ranji trophy Plate 'A' group match here at the MCC ground today.

For Goa, Saurab Bandkear took five wickets whereas medium pacer Robin D Souza dismissed another four batsmen.

Goa, after gaining 9 innings lead of 43 runs set a victory target of 300 runs for Jharkhand.

Resuming at the overnight score of 54 runs, the visitors could not tackle the pace attack of Goa and were all out on the score of 138 in 64.1 overs after losing wickets at regular intervals.

Amid the ruins, only Saurab Tiwari stood out with his 72 studded with 12 fours. it came off 147 balls and 233 minutes. He made a valuable fifth wicket partnership of 44 runs with Amir Asami in their second innings.

Goa, with two wins, increased their points tally to 10 points.

Goa lost one point, collected from the drawn match against Kerala when BCCI tournament committee upheld the Kerala Cricket Association's (KCA) complaint against Goa and decided to impose a fine of Rs five lakhs and one point deduction.

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