Imphal: Manipur secured their maiden win in the Ranji Trophy with an eight-wicket victory over Mizoram in Jorhat on Thursday. Thokchom Singh (4/20) and Bishworjit Konthoujam (3/27) shared seven wickets between them to help Manipur skittle out Mizoram for 116 runs in 37 overs in the second innings before chasing down the 17-run target with a day to spare.
In Shillong, Arbar Kazi steered Nagaland’s rearguard action with an unbeaten 129 but Meghalaya were still in control.
Kazi, who hit an unbeaten 200 in the Nagaland’s debut Ranji match against Mizoram, stood tall in the second innings after Meghalaya had enforced follow-on.
He stitched 145 runs for the sixth wicket with Paras Sehrawat (57) to steady Nagaland’s strong reply in the second essay.
But after Sehrawat’s departure, Meghalaya picked two more quick wickets in the form of Lemtur Imliwati (4) and Tahmeed Rahman (6) as Nagaland were left at 332/8, a small lead of 49 runs with two wickets in hand after the penultimate day’s proceedings.
Resuming on 31 for no loss in their second essay, Sedezhalie Rupero (68) and Nitesh Lohchab (38) added 67 runs for the opening wicket before Dipu Sangma gave the first breakthrough.
Nagaland soon slumped to 112/4, losing three wickets for just 45 runs but Kazi, batting at number six, took charge with Sherawat giving him assistance in the middle.
Brief score: In Jorhat: Mizoram 219 and 116; 37 overs (Thokchom Singh 4/20, Bishworjit Konthoujam 3/27). Manipur 319 and 19/2; 7.5 overs. Manipur won by eight wickets. Points: Manipur 6. Mizoram 0.
In Shillong: Meghalaya 389. Nagaland 106 and following-on 332/8; 103 overs (Arbar Kazi 129 batting, Sedezhalie Rupero 68, Paras Sehrawat 57; Aditya Singhania 3/46, Dipu Sangma 2/47, Gurinder Singh 2/102).
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