Left-arm spinner Ashutosh Aman returned an astonishing match haul of 14 wickets to help Bihar crush host Meghalaya by an innings and 71 runs in its Ranji Trophy Plate Group encounter here on Saturday.
The 32-year-old had figures of 6 for 17 in the second innings for a match haul of 14 for 68, as Bihar skittled out the home outfit for 46 on way to a bonus-point victory with two days to spare. The Services veteran now has 39 wickets to his kitty from eight innings at a jaw-dropping average of 4.79 to be second in the leading wicket takers’ tally this season behind Uttarakhand pacer Deepak Dhapola (42 wickets).
This was Bihar’s third win, and all of them have come with bonus points. From five matches, Bihar now has 21 points.
Aman also chipped in with the bat with an unbeaten 35 (4x4, 1x6) on a day Bihar folded for 242 after resuming the day on 80/2. Bihar lost wickets at regular intervals but the 117-run first innings lead proved to be enough.
All hell broke loose in Meghalaya’s second innings as Aman and legspinner Quadri (4 for 24) ran through the opponent’s batting lineup.
Only one batsman, Gurinder Singh (10), could manage a double digit score as Meghalaya’s innings ended in 26.5 overs.
In another match, Paras Dogra slammed 139 from 143 balls (19x4, 1x6) while Fabid Ahmed proved handy with the bat as well by scoring 88 as Puducherry secured a massive 334 runs win over Arunchal Pradesh with two days to spare.
The duo’s stellar batting helped Puducherry notch 351 in its second innings to hand Arunachal Pradesh a stiff 406 run target. In reply, Arunachal Pradesh was bundled out for 71 with former India pacer Pankaj Singh (5 for 25) and Damodaren Rohit (4 for 7) sharing nine wickets between them.
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In Jorhat, Ishwar Chaudhury returned with brilliant figures of 5 for 57, his sixth five-wicket haul, as Sikkim bowled Mizoram out for 161 to remain in sight for a third victory.
Sikkim was 75 for 3 in its second essay with an overall lead of 246 going into the third day. Earlier, Milind Kumar’s 139 along with Bipul Sharma’s 50 helped Sikkim to 332 in its first innings.
In reply, Mizroam batting centred around Taruwar Kohli who scored a valiant 74 from 150 balls before being dismissed by Bipul Sharma (2 for 36).
Chaudhary was the wrecker-in-chief, while Milind Kumar also played a part by returning with figures of 2 for 35.
In Dehradun: Nagaland 207. Uttarakhand 371/4; 114 overs (Vineet Saxena 150 batting, Vaibhav Singh 101, Saurabh Rawat 41 batting, Karn Kaushal 48)
In Goalpara: Puducherry 136 and 351; 76.2 overs (Paras Dogra 139, Fabid Ahmed 88; Upadhyay Deendyal 4/63, Techi Neri 3/76). Arunachal Pradesh 82 and 71; 22.2 overs (Pankaj Singh 5/25, Damodaren Rohit 4/7). Puducherry won by 334 runs. Points: Puducherry 6, Arunachal Pradesh 0
In Jorhat: Sikkim 332; 89.5 overs (Milind Kumar 139, Bipul Sharma 50; Sinan Khadir 3/74) and 75/3; 23 overs (Taruwar Kohli 2/19). Mizoram 161; 57 overs (Taruwar Kohli 74; Ishwar Chaudhary 5/57, Milind Kumar 2/35, Bipul Sharma 2/36)
In Shillong: Meghalaya 125 and 46; 26.5 overs (Ashutosh Aman 6/17, Samar Quadri 4/24). Bihar 242; 81.3 overs (Babul Kumar 43; Lakhan Singh 3/30, Gurinder Singh 3/81). Bihar won by an innings and 71 runs. Points: Bihar 7, Meghalaya 0.
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