Ranji Trophy: Bisht hammers maiden triple ton, Puducherry thrashes Manipur

Former Delhi wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht scored an unbeaten 301 against Sikkim, while Puducherry rode on Pankaj Singh’s eight-wicket match haul to thrash Manipur in the plate group.

In the eight games this season, Bisht has amassed 850 runs and is now the third-highest scorer in the tournament.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Former Delhi wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht scored a maiden triple century, an unbeaten 301, to put Meghalaya on top against Sikkim in its Ranji Trophy Plate Group fixture on Monday.

At the close of play on Day 2, Meghalaya was 555/3 with a comfortable 336-run first innings lead.

The diminutive 32-year-old toyed with the Sikkim attack hitting 48 fours and one six in his whirlwind knock that came at an incredible strike rate of 102.73.

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Opener Raj Biswa stood tall at the other end with a solid 175 from 321 balls (25x4) as the duo continued their overnight stand to add 433 runs for the fourth wicket.

Sikkim batsman Milind Kumar, who scored a century in the first innings, took the only wicket of the day.

Puducherry thrashes Manipur

At the Anantapur Cricket Ground in Andhra, Puducherry rode on Pankaj Singh’s eight-wicket match haul to seal a bonus-point victory over Manipur inside two days.

It claimed seven points to temporarily jump past Bihar to second place with 32 points.

Resuming on 150/2, Puducherry was bowled out for 238 in 78.2 overs.

Manipur was then bundled out for 118 in the second innings setting a paltry 13-run target which Puducherry chased down in 1.1 overs, sealing a thumping 10-wicket win.

Pankaj Singh was the pick of Puducherry bowlers taking 4/20 while captain D Rohit chipped in with 3/22 in Manipur’s second innings.

Plate:

At Jorhat: Bihar 440 for nine decl. in 102 overs (MD Rahmatullah 99, Ashutosh Aman 111, Vivek 102, H.M. Ralte five for 122) vs Mizoram 77 in 35.5 overs (Akhil Rajput 49, Samar Quadri six for 19) & 81 for five in 38 overs.

At Dimapur: Arunachal Pradesh 135 & 98 for seven in 43 overs (Abrar Kazi four for 12) vs Nagaland 377 for nine decl. in 77.1 overs (Paras Sehrawat 112, Sedezhalie Rupero 65, Rongsen Jonathan 131, Abrar Kazi 50, Deendyal four for 84).

At Anantapur: Manipur 132 & 118 in 31.5 overs (Yashpal Singh 52, Pankaj Singh four for 20) lost to Puducherry 238 in 78.2 overs (S. Karthik 55, T. Saiju 42, Fabid Ahmed 41, Th Kishan four for 65) & 13 for no loss in 1.1 overs. Points: Puducherry 7 (32), Manipur 0 (18).

At Bhubaneswar: Sikkim 219 vs Meghalaya 555 for three in 117 overs (R.R. Biswa 175, Punit Bisht 301 batting).