Ranji Trophy Plate: Rawat double lights up Uttarakhand

The 20-year-old Saurabh Rawat hit 14 boundaries and six sixes in his 381-ball 220 against Sikkim on day two.

It was a tale of two youngsters as Saurabh Rawat (in pic) and Vaibhav Bhatt smashed their career-best scores to put Uttarakhand on top.   -  SAURABH RAWAT/FACEBOOK

 

Meghalaya put up a spirited bowling show to tighten its grip over Nagaland in its Ranji Trophy Plate group match here on Wednesday.

Resuming on 338/5, Meghalaya managed to add just 51 runs this morning as Nagaland left-arm pacer Pawan Suyal returned with 5/96.

In reply, Meghalaya trio of Gurinder Singh (4/37), Aditya Singhania (3/12) and Lakhan Singh (3/23) shot out Nagaland for a paltry 106 runs in 46.3 overs before enforcing follow-on.

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At close, Nagaland was 31 for no loss in its second innings, trailing Meghalaya by 252 runs.

Playing at the adopted home venue in Bhubaneshwar, Sikkim found themselves on the backfoot to be on 49/3 in reply to Uttarakhand’s huge 582/9 declared.

It was a tale of two youngsters as Saurabh Rawat (220) and Vaibhav Bhatt (152 not out) smashed their career-best scores to put Uttarakhand in command in the top of the table clash.

The 20-year-old Rawat hit 14 boundaries and six sixes in his knock from 381 balls in their 231-run fifth wicket partnership with Bhatt.

Playing his second first class match, 22-year-old Bhatt played a perfect fiddle as Sikkim bowlers had a tough outing. Bhatt’s unbeaten knock came from 275 balls and included 13 fours.

Uttarakhand skipper Rajat Bhatia claimed two wickets in an over as Sikkim ended the day with 533 runs in arrears.

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It was a washout for the second successive day in Puducherry. Bihar won the toss and opted to field against the home team, but no play could be possible due to heavy rain.

Summarised scores

In Bhubaneshwar: Uttarakhand 582/9 declared; 163 overs (Saurabh Rawat 220, Vaibhav Bhatt 152 not out, Rajat Bhatia 121; Ishwar Chaudhary 4/105). Sikkim 49/3; 20 overs (Nilesh Lamichaney 23 batting, Milind Kumar 12 batting; Bhatia 2/2)

In Jorhat: Mizoram 219 and 34 for no loss; 13 overs. Manipur 319; 87 overs (Yashpal Singh 156, Prafullomani Singh 51; Lalhmingmawia 3/88).

In Shillong: Meghalaya 389; 110.2 overs (Yogesh Nagar 166, Raj Biswa 111; Pawan Suyal 5/96, Jala Uddin 3/33). Nagaland 106; 46.3 overs (Gurinder Singh 4/37, Aditya Singhania 3/12, Lakhan Singh 3/23) and 31 for no loss; 10 overs

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