Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Aman, Quadri put Bihar in command

Aiming for a slot in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals, Bihar started its final plate group league fixture of the Ranji Trophy with a bang as it shot out Manipur for 156.

Bihar is placed second, three points behind leader Uttarakhand in the Plate Group from where one team will make the quarterfinals. (Representative Image)   -  Ranjeet Kumar

Aiming for a slot in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals, Bihar started its final plate group league fixture of the Ranji Trophy with a bang as it shot out Manipur for 156. With Ashutosh Aman and Samar Quadri sharing nine wickets between them, Manipur found itself in middle of nowhere at the Moin-ul-haq Stadium on Monday.

In reply, Bihar was 107-5, trailing Manipur by 49 runs, with Kundan Gupta and Vikas Ranjan batting on 29 and five, respectively. Priyojit Singh grabbed 3-22 in his seven overs, while Bishworjit Konthoujam (2-39) claimed both the openers to reduce Bihar to 44-2 inside 11 overs.

Bihar is placed second, three points behind leader Uttarakhand in the Plate Group from where one team will make the quarterfinals.

In Dehradun, Uttarakhand kept its knockout hopes alive, posting a challenging 377 against Mizoram with Saurabh Rawat (102) cracking his second first class century. Rawat found a fine ally in skipper Rajat Bhatia who slammed a run-a-ball 84 (9x4, 1x6) to add 144 runs for the fifth wicket.

The duo’s partnership revived Uttarakhand from 90-4 in the first session after they were sent in. Malolan Rangarajan also contributed with a vital 58 from 76 balls as Uttarakhand ensured that it has a competitive total in its crucial match. Mizoram was 8-0 in eight overs.

Summarised scores

In Patna: Manipur 156; 32 overs (Mayank Raghav 79; Samar Quadri 5/49, Ashutosh Aman 4/39). Bihar 107/5(Kundan Gupta 29 batting, Vikash Ranjan 5 batting; Priyojit Singh 3/22).

In Goalpara: Arunachal Pradesh 169; 49.1 overs (Kshitiz Sharma 59; Milind Kumar 5/42, Ishwar Chaudhary 3/55). Sikkim 132/3 (Milind Kumar 50 batting, Jahan Uddin 27 batting).

In Dehradun: Uttarakhand 377; 83.5 overs (Saurabh Rawat 102, Rajat Bhatia 84, Malolan Rangarajan 58). Mizoram 8-0.

In Dimapur: Nagaland 387/5; 87.5 overs (Hokaito Zhimomi 177, Nitesh Lohchab 100; Pankaj Singh 3/95) vs Puducherry.