Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Plate Group, round 5: Deepak Dhapola stars in Uttarakhand’s fifth straight win
Deepak Dhapola

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand pace sensation Deepak Dhapola returned a match haul of 11 wickets to help his side beat Meghalaya by eight wickets and secure a fifth win on the trot in the Ranji Trophy Plate Group on Sunday.

Dhapola, who bagged a six-for in the first innings including a hat-trick, bagged 5/59 for a match haul of 11/111, as Meghalaya were bundled out for 230 in the final session. Set a target of 51 under fading lights, Uttarakhand knocked it off in 6.1 overs, courtesy Vaibhav Singh Panwar’s 12-ball 32 not out (6×4, 1×6).

Uttarakhand sit pretty on top of the table with 33 points, with a huge 14-point lead over second placed Meghalaya. Such was the dominance by the Rajat Bhatia-led side that they are the only side in this season’s Ranji Trophy yet to lose or draw a match.

The skipper led from the front with three back-to-back centuries, which included a double. But the biggest find for Uttarakhand has been the 28-year-old pacer Dhapola who leads the charts with 37 wickets at a stunning average of 9.89.

Brief Scores: Uttarakhand 491/4 decl and 53/2 beat Meghalaya 311 and 230 (Gurinder Singh 104, Yogesh Nagar 57; Deepak Dhopola 5/59) by eight wickets.