Plate Day 2 Round 6

Left-arm spinner Ashutosh Aman returned a remarkable match haul of 14 wickets to help Bihar crush hosts Meghalaya by an innings and 71 runs in their Ranji Trophy Plate Group encounter in Shillong on Saturday.

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The 32-year-old recorded figures of 6/17 in the second innings for a match haul of 14/68, as Bihar shot down Meghalaya for 46 on way to a bonus-point victory with two days to spare.

The veteran has 39 wickets to his kitty from eight innings at a jaw-dropping average of 4.79 to be placed second in the leading wicket takers’ tally this season behind Uttarakhand pacer Deepak Dhapola (42 wickets).

This was Bihar’s third win, and all of them have come with bonus points. They now have 21 points from five matches.

Aman also chipped in with the bat with an unbeaten 35 (4×4, 1×6) on a day Bihar folded for 242 after resuming the day on 80/2. Bihar lost wickets at regular intervals but the 117-run first innings lead proved to be enough.

All hell broke loose in Meghalaya’s second innings as Aman and legspinner Quadri (4/24) running through the opponent’s batting lineup.

Only one batsman, Gurinder Singh (10), could manage a double digit score as Meghalaya’s innings ended in 26.5 overs.

Brief Scores: Bihar 242 (Babul Kumar 43; Lakhan Singh 3/30, Gurinder Singh 3/81) beat Meghalaya 125 and 46(Ashutosh Aman 6/17, Samar Quadri 4/24) by an innings and 71 runs