Syed Mushtaq Ali 2019, Group B, Round 3: Meghalaya bowled out for 65, Rajasthan win by 72 runs

Rajasthan hammered Meghalaya by 72 runs after posting 137 and defending the target by bowling the opposition out for a lowly 65. Meghalaya’s bowlers kept Rajasthan’s batsmen on their toes but captain Mahipal Lomror and Robin Bist played vital knocks in the middle order to give the side a respectable total.

Opting to bat, Rajasthan lost openers Manendar Singh and Aditya Garhwal for 20 runs on the board before Lomror and Abhijeet Tomar added 46 runs for the third wicket. Raj Biswa broke the partnership with the wicket of Tomar but there would be no respite for Meghalaya with Bist and Lomror forging a 36-run stand. Both batsmen missed out on the opportunity of scoring a half-century but couldn’t capitalise their respective starts.

Meghalaya’s innings was all over the place – ever sine the third ball of the innings resulted in the wicket of Biswa, followed by the dismissal of his partner Yogesh Nagar, leaving the score at 4/2. Tanveer Ul Haq and Nathu Singh bamboozled Meghalaya’s middle order and shared six wickets between themselves (three each).

The only two batsmen to reach double digits were Gurinder (24) and Aditya Singhania (15) as the rest of the batsmen failed to read the bowling. Rahul Chahar picked up three wickets towards the end, including that of Gurinder as the innings came to a close in the 17th over.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan 137 for 5 (Mahipal Lomror 47, Robin Bist 38; Abhay Negi 2/19) beat Meghalaya 65 all out (Gurinder Singh 24, Aditya Singhania 15; Nathu Singh 3/7, Tanveer Ul Haq 3/10) by 72 runs.