Meghalaya’s two outstation player Puneet Bisht and Yogesh Nagar kept the marauding table toppers in Plate Group, Uttarakhand, at bay with a stand 194 runs for the fourth wicket
Meghalaya’s two outstation player Puneet Bisht and Yogesh Nagar kept the marauding table toppers in Plate Group, Uttarakhand, at bay with a stand 194 runs for the fourth wicket

Meghalaya’s two outstation player Puneet Bisht and Yogesh Nagar kept the marauding table toppers in Plate Group, Uttarakhand, at bay with a stand 194 runs for the fourth wicket after the team was reduced to 27/3 in the opening day of round five of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun on Thursday.

With four out of four wins – three of them with bonus points – Uttarakhand were third time lucky with the toss back at home and elected to bowl first. Deepak Dhapola who had claimed 6/13 on debut provided the first breakthrough in the form of Raj Raju Biswa, taken for 1. Fellow pacer Sunny Rana removed the other opener, debuting Swarajeet Das for 1. With the wicket of skipper Jason Lamare for 10, taken by Dhanraj Sharma, Meghalaya were in trouble.

However, Bisht and Nagar, formely of Delhi, waded through the tough passage of play, Bisht scored his first century of the season – he has three 50 plus scores in four matches – while Nagar added 91, to revive Meghalaya. Nagar was removed by Dhanraj in the 63rd over while Bisht went on to add 154 before falling to Rana late in the day.

Gurinder Singh scored an unbeaten 22 to help Meghalaya reach 294/5 at stumps on day one

Brief Scores: Meghalaya 294/5 (Puneet Bisht 154, Yogesh Nagar 91; Sunny Rana 2/73) vs Uttarakhand