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Sikkim take lead vs Meghalaya

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Ranji Trophy

Shillong, Feb 3: Raj Biswa had another good outing with the bat but Meghalaya trailed Sikkim at the end of their first innings as the visitors were all out for 191 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy plate group match at Rangpo, Sikkim, on Saturday.
Resuming play on 238/7, the hosts were all out for 284 after batting another 17.2 overs. Aryan Borah, who had taken a wicket yesterday, claimed the remaining three today and finished the innings with figures of 4/93. Neither Akash Kumar Choudhury (4/65) nor Swarajeet Das (2/52) added to their overnight tallies.
Sikkim’s Ankur Malik was denied a century after he ran out of partners and ended on 91 not out.
In Meghalaya’s innings, Raj, who had hit a century against Mizoram in the last game, got the team off to a roaring start with a cracking 85 from 86 deliveries. His innings comprised 11 fours and four big sixes. However, despite plenty of starts, none of the other Meghalaya batters could get to 20 and the team were all out for just 191 in 51.1 overs, giving the home team a significant first innings lead of 93. The wickets were all taken by Lee Yong Lepcha (5/63) and Ankur (4/65), with Lepcha also effecting a run out.
Sikkim had to bat for 19 overs at the end of the day and were reduced to 55/4, giving them a cumulative lead of 148. Aryan continued where he left off in the first innings and bagged 3/25 in 6 overs, while the other wicket was claimed by Akash (1/9 in 4).
Elsewhere, Juyal, Karan strike double hundred as UP in command against Assam Kanpur, Feb 3 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh’s Aryan Juyal and Karan Sharma struck double centuries each to propel their side to a mammoth 548 for eight against Assam on the second day of their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy match here on Saturday.
Juyal (201, 278 balls) and Karan (208, 310 balls) constructed a 298-run partnership for the third wicket while notching up their first-ever First-Class double century.For Assam, Mrinmoy Dutta (4/116) was the most successful bowler.
Assam have started their first innings strongly, reaching 116 for no loss at close with openers Parvej Musaraf (53) and Rahul Hazarika (51) manning the crease. They trail by 432 runs.
In another Group B contest in Kolkata, Anustup Majumdar’s unbeaten hundred (108) was not enough to keep Bengal going against Mumbai.The visitors resumed the day on 330 for six and and added 82 runs to the total before getting shot out for 412.For Bengal, Suraj Sindhu Jaiswal was the star with a six-for. However, the hosts stumbled with the bat, getting bundled out for 199.
While none of their other batters could cross the 40-run mark, Majumdar along with skipper Manoj Tiwary (36) contributed a 78-run stand for the fourth wicket, which was the only highlight of Bengal innings.
Mohit Avasthi shone for Mumbai with a three-wicket haul, as Mumbai now lead by 213 runs.In Raipur’s Group B clash, Mohammed Azharuddeen’s hard-fought 85 ensured Kerala finished with 350 against Chhattisgarh.Resuming at 219 for four, visiting skipper Sanju Samson played a composed knock of 57 before Azharuddeen’s boldness.
For the hosts, Ashish Chouhan impressed with a fifer before the hosts finished the day on 100 for four to trail by 250 runs. Saurashtra would be eyeing a victory following fine bowling performances by spinners Yuvrajsinh Dodiya and Parth Bhut, who both grabbed two wickets apiece to leave Maharashtra struggling at 104/5, still 104 runs adrift of the 208-run target, in a Ranji Trophy Group A match here on Saturday.
On a day when veteran India batter Cheteshwar Pujara failed for the second time in the match, departing for a duck, Saurashtra still managed to set a challenging total for Maharashtra, courtesy a 93-run partnership between tail-enders Chirag Jani (43) and skipper Jaydev Unadkat (45). (Agencies)

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