It’s two in two for Sikkim thus far in Ranji Trophy plate division
Gangtok, 14 Nov:
Sikkim today beat Nagaland by nine wickets in the plate division of the ongoing Ranji Trophy. This was Sikkim’s second match out of the eight it is scheduled to play in the division. Having already beaten Manipur by an innings and 27 runs, with its latest win, Sikkim is now at the top of the plate division with 13 points.
Sikkim registered its second win playing at Sovima in Nagalnd.
It was the partnership of 90 runs between Ashish Thapa and Milind Kumar, 174 runs between Milind Kumar and Bipul Sharma and 50 runs between Padam Limboo and Milind Kumar in the first innings that helped Sikkim get a good total and put a lead on the scoreboard.
Yesterday, resuming on his overnight score of 78 in team total of 120/5, Milind hit a stroke-filled 224 from 215 balls (31×4, 3×6) to steer Sikkim to 374 in 82.5 overs.
At the other end, some brilliant bowling by Ishwar Chaudhary, Bipul Sharma, Lee Yong Lepcha and Milind Kumar in both the Innings restricted the opponents to just 179 runs in first innings and 273 runs in second innings.
In the Second innings, the partnership between Nilesh Lamichaney and Faizan Khan of 61 runs and of 20 runs between Ashish Thapa and Nilesh Lamichaney, took Sikkim to a comfortable victory. Sikkim made 81/1 in the second innings from 25.4 overs and took the match.
These wins have brought the confidence among the players and they are hungry for more wins in the upcoming matches.
Sikkim will be facing Uttarakhand next at KIITS Cricket Ground, Bhubaneswar, Odisha on 20 November.
Sikkim is playing Ranji Trophy for the first time in the history of Indian domestic cricket along with the other Northeast states, Puducherry and Uttarakhand in the plate division along with Bihar which is back to the Ranji after 18 years.