Sikkim rode on outstation player Milind Kumar’s second successive double century to post 374 in their first innings
Sikkim rode on outstation player Milind Kumar’s second successive double century to post 374 in their first innings

Sikkim rode on outstation player Milind Kumar’s second successive double century to post 374 in their first innings, thus taking a lead of 195 runs over Nagaland, before reducing the hosts to 97/5 on day two of the round two of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 at Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Sovima on Tuesday.

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Starting the day at 120/5, Sikkim were boosted by a big 174-run stand between Milind and other outstation player Bipul Sharma (90) that helped them to take the lead over Nagaland. Milind, who had scored 261 in the first game against Manipur then batted with the tail adding further 78 runs before departing for 224 to Tahmeed. Sikkim were all out for 374, with Pawan Suyal finishing with 7/108 for Nagaland.

In reply, Ishwar Chaudhary removed both the Nagaland openers Nitesh and Sedezhalie for ducks. KB Pawan battled with a 93-ball unbeaten 61-run knock but kept losing partners at the other end. Skipper Rongsen Jonathan was and Abrar Kazi was taken by Bipul leaving Nagaland reeling at 97/5, trailing Sikkim by 98 runs at stumps on Day 2.

Brief Scores: Nagaland 97/5 (KB Pawan 61*; Bipul Sharma 2/21) & 179 trail Sikkim 374 (Milind Kumar 224, Bipul Sharma 90; Pawan Suyal 7/108) by 98 runs