Ranji Trophy: Milind's ton helps Sikkim salvage draw

Milind, who scored 117 in the first innings, made 127 not out from 121 balls (20x4s, 1x6) in the second essay as Sikkim replied strongly, finishing at 304 four four to collect one point from the encounter.

Milind Kumar hit an unbeaten century and helped Sikkim salvage a draw.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Former Delhi batsman Milind Kumar slammed centuries in consecutive innings to help Sikkim salvage a draw against Meghalaya in a Ranji Trophy Plate Group match on Wednesday.

Milind, who scored 117 in the first innings, made 127 not out from 121 balls (20x4s, 1x6) in the second essay as Sikkim replied strongly, finishing at 304 four four to collect one point from the encounter.

This was Milind’s sixth century, which included two double hundreds. He has so far made 1261 runs from 12 innings this season with an astonishing average of 126.10.

This is the fifth most by any batsman in a Ranji Trophy season. With one game left for Sikkim - against Arunachal Pradesh - Milind is 154 runs shy of VVS Laxman’s all-time record of 1415 runs in 1999-2000 season.

Brief scores:

At Bhubaneswar:

Sikkim 219 & 304 for four in 108 overs (Nilesh Lamichaney 70, Ashish Thapa 43, Milind 127 n.o.) drew with Meghalaya 826 for seven decl. Meghalaya 3 (29), Sikkim 1 (20)