Ranji Trophy Plate: Manipur secures maiden win

Sikkim batsman Milind Kumar — who smashed two double tons in the first two games — missed out on a world record; he was out for 133.

Published : Nov 22, 2018 23:59 IST , Chennai

Manipur beat Mizoram by eight wickets in Jorhat on Thursday.
Manipur beat Mizoram by eight wickets in Jorhat on Thursday.

Manipur beat Mizoram by eight wickets in Jorhat on Thursday.

Milind Kumar continued his sublime form with the bat to smash 133, his third successive triple-figure score, but Sikkim still failed to save follow-on against Uttarakhand in its Ranji Trophy Plate group match here on Thursday.

Having struck 261 and 224 in the last two matches, the former Delhi batsman once again waged a lone battle for Sikkim. Milind had a great chance to become the only batsman in the history of first-class cricket to score three consecutive double tons but Dhanraj Sharma dismissed him 67 runs short of the world record.

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At 49/3 (overnight) in reply to Uttarakhand’s 582/9 delcared, Sikkim was shot out for 264 in 96 overs with only two other batsmen — skipper Nilesh Lamichaney (57) and Bipul Sharma (36) — managing double digits.

Following on, Sikkim was 27/2 in the second essay staring at a big loss as it still needed 291 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

After having spent seven seasons with Delhi, Milind Kumar switched to Sikkim ahead of the 2018-19 season.

In Jorhat, Manipur secured its maiden win in the Ranji Trophy with a eight-wicket victory over Mizoram. Thokchom Singh (4/20) and Bishworjit Konthoujam (3/27) shared seven wickets between them to help Manipur skittle out Mizoram for 116 in 37 overs in the second innings before chasing down the 17-run target with a day to spare.

In Shillong, Arbar Kazi steered Nagaland’s rearguard action with an unbeaten 129 but Meghalaya were still in control.

Kazi, who hit an unbeaten 200 in Nagaland’s debut Ranji match against Mizoram, stood tall in the second innings after Meghalaya had enforced follow-on.

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He stitched 145 runs for the sixth wicket with Paras Sehrawat (57) to steady Nagaland’s strong reply in the second essay.

But after Sehrawat’s departure, Meghalaya picked two more quick wickets in the form of Imliwati Lemtur (4) and Tahmeed Rahman (6) as Nagaland was left at 332/8, a small lead of 49 runs with two wickets in hand after the penultimate day’s proceedings.

Resuming on 31 for no loss in its second essay, Sedezhalie Rupero (68) and Nitesh Lohchab (38) added 67 runs for the opening wicket before Dipu Sangma gave the first breakthrough.

Nagaland soon slumped to 112/4, losing three wickets for just 45 runs but Kazi, batting at number six, took charge with Sherawat giving him assistance in the middle.

In Puducherry, the home team’s match against Bihar was suspended for a third successive day due to rain.

Summarised scores

In Bhubaneshwar: Uttarakhand 582/9 declared. Sikkim 264; 96 overs (Milind Kumar 133, Nilesh Lamichaney 57; Dhanraj Sharma 3/36, M Rangarajan 3/67, Rajat Bhatia 2/33) and following-on Sikkim 27/2; 12 overs (Padam Limboo 2 batting, Ashish Thapa 6 batting).

In Jorhat: Mizoram 219 and 116; 37 overs (Thokchom Singh 4/20, Bishworjit Konthoujam 3/27). Manipur 319 and 19/2; 7.5 overs. Manipur won by eight wickets. Points Manipur 6. Mizoram 0.

In Shillong: Meghalaya 389, Nagaland 106 and following-on 332/8; 103 overs (Arbar Kazi 129 batting, Sedezhalie Rupero 68, Paras Sehrawat 57; Aditya Singhania 3/46, Dipu Sangma 2/47, Gurinder Singh 2/102

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