Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Gurinder puts Meghalaya in driver's seat

Gurinder Singh’s five-wicket haul coupled with invaluable contributions from Yogesh Nagar (91 off 84 balls) and glovesman Punit Bisht (83 off 80 balls), saw Meghalaya finish 206 runs ahead of Mizoram with six wickets in hand.

Meghalaya's Gurinder Kumar (right) sizzled with both the bat and ball to help his team to a commanding position against Mizoram.   -  Special Arrangement

Gurinder Singh’s five-wicket haul coupled with invaluable contributions from Yogesh Nagar (91 off 84 balls) and glovesman Punit Bisht (83 off 80 balls), saw Meghalaya finish 206 runs ahead of Mizoram with six wickets in hand at stumps on day one of a Ranji Trophy league match in Shillong on Thursday.

Mizoram, asked to bat by its neighbour, never saw things going its way from the word go. Dippu started the proceedings early by removing Mizo opener Hruaizela for a duck and fireworks soon followed as Gurinder Singh joined the party from the other end.

Mizoram had already lost four men within the first five overs and hope showed up in the form of 26-year-old, H M Ralte who kept things in check for a while as he went on to score 40 off 56 balls.

However the relief was shortlived as Ralte went down fighting with Gurinder Singh helping keep things curt by cleaning all of the lower order maintaining an economy rate of 1.84 in the process, to register his career-best figures of 8.1-4-15-5 as Mizoram folded for a mere 86 in 28.1 overs.

Meghalaya lost both its openers and skipper J J Lamare quite early but Punit and Yogesh were off and going in no time, soon after. The duo took the bowlers for a ride and together posted a hefty 185 on the board before the keeper-batsman fell victim to medium-pacer Taruwar Kohli.

While, Yogesh remained unbeaten after a thunderous batting display at an 84-ball 91, Gurinder is at the crease with a run-a-ball 52.

Brief scores: Meghalaya 292/4 (Yogesh Nagar 91 n.o. , Puneet Bisht 83, Taruwar Kohli 73/2) leads Mizoram 86 (H M Ralte 40, Akhil Rajput 20, Gurinder Singh 5/15) by 206 runs.