Ranji Trophy Plate Group: Rain washes out Mizoram's hopes of victory

Mizoram required 166 runs to win the Ranji Trophy Plate Group match with eight wickets in hand, but not a single ball was bowled on the final day.

Rain turned out to be a dampener for what was expected to be an engaging day of battle for victory between Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. (Representative image)

Arunachal Pradesh bagged three points on the basis of first innings lead against Mizoram after incessant rain washed out the final day’s play.

In Jorhat, Mizoram — which rode on a century by Akhil Rajput — required 166 runs to win the Ranji Trophy Plate Group match with eight wickets in hand, but the rain played spoilsport. While it was a heartbreak for Mizoram, Arunachal players were happy to have fetched the needed three points.

Ranji Trophy, Day 4: As it Happened

With cyclone Gaja looming large, heavy rains lashed out in Puducherry too and as a result the other Plate group match between Meghalaya and Puducherry ended in a draw, with the host team grabbing three points, thanks to the first-innings lead.

Puducherry started the final day at 95-4. When heavy rain stopped play, it was 129-7, with a lead of 192 runs. Pankaj Singh (1) and Vengat (3) were at the crease. For the visiting side, Gurinder Singh scalped 5-44.

Brief scores

In Puducherry: Puducherry 389 and 129-7 (Marimuthu Viknesh 47; Gurinder Singh 5-44) vs Meghalaya 326 (Yogesh Nagar 141 not out, Puneet Bisht 58; Pankaj Singh 6/39) Puducherry leads by 192 runs. Match drawn

In Jorhat: Arunachal Pradesh 220 and 331; 96 overs (Neelam Obi 80, K Yangfo 58, Kshitiz Sharma 57; Khadir 3-81) vs Mizoram 142 and 244-2 (Akhil Rajput 124, Taruwar Kohli 85).Match drawn