New Delhi: A four-wicket haul by left-arm spinner Murali Kartik restricted Assam to 174 for 7 in the first innings against Railways in the Ranji Trophy Elite division here on Wednesday.
Assam lost their openers for 15 runs before Kartik (4-47) struck. Assam skipper Amol Muzumdar top scored with 44 runs.
At stumps, Tarjinder Singh was batting on 34 and Arien Konwar on 6.
Murali Kartik and Virat Kohli were heroes for Railways and Delhi respectively on day one of the Ranji Trophy.
At Chennai, Virat Kohli again hit a purple patch with an unbeaten 119 as Delhi ended on 258 for three against Tamil Nadu on the first day.
Kohli, who compiled 173 against Bengal last week, batted fluently (3x 6, 11 x 4) to help Delhi recover from 55 for two, adding 190 runs for the third wicket with veteran Mithun Manhas (70).
The Tamil Nadu bowlers toiled for meagre rewards and at best were restrictive especially after raising visions of cutting through the Delhi innings when openers Chetan Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan departed in quick succession.
Once Kohli and Manhas got going, it was Delhi all the way. Kohli, as usual, was at his aggressive best and was not afraid to take charge while Manhas kept his end up with a watchful innings that ended when he was struck on the pads by a delivery from seamer Chandrasekar Ganapathy that kept low.
Soon, Rajat Bhatia retired after being struck on the hand, but there was no further setbacks for Delhi who built themselves a good platform for a big score on Thursday.
At Mumbai, Bengal vs Mumbai: Bengal 287/4( Ajinkya Rahane 110, Wasim Jaffer 73; Manoj Tiwary 2-23)
At Rohtak, Haryana vs Baroda: Haryana 127 all out (Dhruv Singh 35, Sunny Singh 29; Munaf Patel 4-34, Bhargav Bhatt 3-25); Baroda 175/2 (Connor Williams 49 batting, Yusuf Pathan 65 batting)
At Mohali, Punjab vs Karnataka: Punjab 243 all out (Uday Kaul 94, Yuvraj Singh 39; Vinay Kumar 5-61, Sreenath Aravind 4-63)
At Delhi, Assam vs Railways: Assam 174/7 (Amol Muzumdar 44, Tarjinder Singh 34; Murali Kartik 4-47)
At Chennai, Tamil Nadu vs Delhi: Delhi 258/3 (Virat Kohli 119 batting, Mithun Manhas 70; C. Ganapathy 1-23)
At Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh vs Orissa: Uttar Pradesh 174/4 (Eklavya Dwivedi 83, Alok Chandra Sahoo 2-40)