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Meghalaya have consolidated their position in second place after a thumping six-wicket win over Nagaland on the final day of their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Plate Group Round Three match at the MCA Cricket Ground in Shillong on Friday.

Resuming their penultimate day at 332/8 in their second innings, with a lead of 49 runs, Nagalanad added another 39 to end their innings at 371. Left-arm spinner Aditya Singhania, who snapped three wickets on Thursday, had his name written on both the scalps. He first trapped debutant Jalal Uddin for a duck and then saw the back of Abrar Kazi, who scored a valiant 164 off 208, his innings decorated with 18 boundaries and four sixes.

However, despite Kazi’s clinical knock, Nagaland were able to post a meagre 88-run target. For Meghalaya, Singhania was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets in his 29.2 overs going for 52 runs. Singhania registered a fifer in just his third match.

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In reply, left-arm pacer Pawan Suyal and off-spinner Tahmeed Rahman had Meghalaya reduced to 12/3 in five overs. Opener Raj Biswa was the first to go after he was trapped leg-before off Suyal in the first over. Captain JJ Lamara was then casted by Rahman for three in the fourth over. Suyal returned to send Tarique Siddique, who edged one behind, for 1.

Yogesh Nagar and Puneet Bisht then steadied the innings before Tahmeed had Nagar (29) caught by Imliwati. Bisht and Gurinder Singh ensured Meghalaya suffered no more casualties as they helped the home side to their second win of the season.

Brief scores: Meghalaya 389 & 91/4 beat Nagaland 106 & 371 (Abrar Kazi 164; Aditya Singhania 5/52) by six wickets