Ranji Trophy: Manipur folds for 27 as Meghalaya secures innings win

It was left-arm spinner Sanjay Yadav who took 11 for 47 to help Meghalaya skittle out Manipur inside two days.

Representative image: Sanjay Yadav took 11 for 47 to help Meghalaya beat Manipur.   -  Brian Jackson

Manipur were shot out for 27 by Meghalaya, narrowly avoiding the lowest Ranji Trophy total on their way to an innings and 116-run defeat in a Plate group match here on Monday.

Resuming the day on 18 for seven, the tail-enders barely managed to take the team past Hyderabad’s lowest total of 21.

It was left-arm spinner Sanjay Yadav, who was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2020 for a base price of Rs 20 lakh, who did the star turn, grabbing a match haul of 11/47 to demolish Manipur inside two days.

The 24-year-old from Uttar Pradesh claimed 6/12 to skittle out Manipur for 27 in reply to Meghalaya’s 235 at the Mangaldoi Sports Association Ground in Darrang.

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Six of its batsmen failed to open its account. Following on, Manipur folded for 92, handing Meghalaya a bonus point win.

Man of the match Yadav went on to take 5/35 in Manipur’s second essay.

The win took Meghalaya to 20 points from six matches.

Meanwhile, in a top of the table clash, centuries from opener Shivam Bhambri and skipper Manan Vohra put Chandigarh in command as it took a first-innings lead against leader Goa.

Playing in his sixth first-class match, the 24-year-old Bhamri remained unbeaten on a career-best 148, while Vohra slammed 102 in a 230-run second-wicket partnership to take Chandigarh to 310 for three, a lead of 59 runs at the close of play on day two.

Bhambri hit 16 fours and one six in his vigilant knock from 260 balls, while Vohra smashed 12 fours and two sixes, as Chandigarh replied strongly to the home side’s first innings total of 251.

Having done all the hard work, the skipper got out in the second over after tea with 20 runs left to match Goa’s first innings total.

Bhambri remained calm and took the team past Goa, even as it lost another wicket in the form of Raman Bishnoi.

Third-placed Chandigarh is six points behind Plate group leader Goa.

Brief Scores

At Mangaldoi: Meghalaya 235. Manipur 27; 18.1 overs (Sanjay Yadav 6/12, Abhay Negi 4/5) and following on 92; 27 overs (Sanjay Yadav 5/35, Aditya Singhania 4/30). Meghalaya won by an innings and 116 runs.

Points: Meghalaya 7, Manipur 0.

At Povorim: Goa 251. Chandigarh 310/3; 92 overs (Shivam Bhambri 148 batting, Manan Vohra 102).

At Puducherry: Puducherry 209 and 264/7; 54 overs (Paras Dogra 61, Damodaran Rohit 46; Nabam Tempol 5/75). Arunachal Pradesh 192; 60.5 overs (Samarth Seth 67, Rahul Dalal 51; Vinay Kumar 6/51).

At Sovima: Nagaland 166. Bihar 244/5; 64 overs (Babul Kumar 95, Shasheem Rathour 81).

At Bhubaneswar: Mizoram 201 and 179; 39 overs (Taruwar Kohli 55, KB Pawan 51; Ishwar Chaudhary 5/70). Sikkim 139; 40 overs (G. Lalbiakvela 8/56) and 112/5; 31 overs (Taruwar Kohli 3/34).

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