Ranji Trophy 4th Round, Day 3: Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Bihar seal wins

In the other match Ranji Trophy Plate Group match, Puducherry holds a 243-run, first-innings lead against Mizoram.

File photo: Malolan Rangarajan picked four for 78 in the second innings for Uttarakhand, helping it register an innings victory over Arunachal Pradesh.   -  R. V. Moorthy

Puducherry finds itself in the driver’s seat after gaining a 243-run lead over Mizoram in a Ranji Trophy Plate Group match at the CAP Siechem Ground on Friday.

After losing second day’s play due to rain, Puducherry reduced Mizoram to 40-8.

Starting the day at 163-3, with a lead of 71 runs, Puducherry batsman played attacking game. While Abhiskek Nayar departed early in the day without adding anything to his overnight score of 17, Fabid Ahmed scored 103 off 153. He was backed by Ranjit Bhaskaran, who played a knock of 60 to help the home team declare its innings at 375-8.

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Ahmed and Baskaran put on 89 runs for the seventh wicket. For Mizoram, Sinan Khadir picked 5-97.

While batting, Mizoram lost its top three batsmen for zero. But Michael Lalremkima scored 20. For the host team, Fabid took 4-6.

In the other match, Bihar defeated Sikkim by 395 runs. Ashutosh Aman and Samar Quadri scalped five wickets each to bundle out Sikkim for 108 in the second innings. This came after Bihar scored 296-7 in the second innings.

Summarised scores

In Puducherry: Mizoram 40-8 (Michael Lalremkima 20; Fabid Ahmed 4-6) and 92 trails Puducherry 375-8d (Fabid Ahmed 103 not out, Ranjit Bhaskaran 44; Sinan Khadir 5-97) by 243 runs.

In Patna: Bihar 288 and 296-7 beats Sikkim 88 and 108 (Bipul Sharma 32; Samar Quadri 5-32, Ashutosh Aman 5-22) by 395 runs.

In Kolkata: Manipur 211 and 172 (Yashpal Singh 103; Gurinder Singh 5-46) loses to Meghalaya 326 and 58-1 (Raj Biswa not out 44) by 9 wickets.

In Goalpara: Arunachal Pradesh 105 and 292 (Kshitiz Sharma 118, Techi Doria 60, Samarth Seth 60; M. Rangarajan 4-78, Mayank Mishra 4-57) loses to Uttarakhand 470-4 by an innings and 74 runs.