Vijaywada: Sikkim men’s cricket team registered one of their best wins by defeating Mizoram without losing a single wicket.
Chasing 110 runs put on by Mizo team for the loss of 5 wickets in Mulapadu Cricket Ground in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim registers its second win in the prestigious Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021-22.
In the tournament so far, Sikkim has lost 2 opening games against Tripura by 44 runs and one against Meghalaya by 6 wickets. But the ‘boys in blue’ came back stronger in the third game, defeating Arunachal Pradesh by 9 wickets. Keeping up the momentum from the previous game, Sikkim openers Karthik C.A. and Liyan Khan remained unbeaten as Sikkim went past the finish line with 14 balls to spare.
Karthik gave an all round performance, taking 2 wickets for 14 runs while top scoring with the bat for his unbeaten 61 runs in the run chase. His partner Liyan scored the winning run, just shy of a half century at 48 runs.
Sikkim produced a disciplined bowling effort and a ‘comparatively loud’ Sikkim team were top notch in their fielding as well.
This is Sikkim’s second 10-wicket win in senior domestic competitions. Incidentally, the previous such thumping victory also came against Mizoram on January 11 in Chennai in 2020-21 edition of the tournament.
Head coach Dr. Atul Gaikwad highlighted how the 10-wicket victory gives the Sikkim side ‘huge confidence’ ahead of their clash with a much stronger Vidarbha team in the final group stage game on November 9.
He shared, “Winning any match with 10 wickets in hand is a positive sign of how our batting is dominating. Unfortunately we could not click for the first two matches. The following two games the team is showing some positive signs and hopefully we will continue with the momentum in tomorrow’s match. Tomorrow’s a big match against very good opponent. The real test will be on how skillful we are. Lots of positives to be taken from today’s match; there was great bowling by all the bowlers, amazing fielding which enabled us to restrict them around 100. It was a complete team work.”
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