Plate roundup Day 2

Nagaland continued bossing their Ranji Trophy, Plate, round eight clash against Arunachal Pradesh for a second straight day as they were just within a touching distance of completing an innings victory in Dimapur.

At the close of play, Arunachal were tottering at 98/7 in their second dig and still 144 runs adrift of Nagaland’s first innings total of 377/9d.

Resuming on 152/0, Nagaland suffered a dramatic collapse, losing seven wickets for the addition of just 35 runs on the second morning. Deendyal (4/84) and Licha Tehi (3/80) were at the centre of the remarkable turnaround that saw Nagaland reduced to 185/7.

The pendulum again swung and this time in the favour of the batting team. Captain Rongsen Jonathan counter-attacked, hitting his second first-class century and in the company of Abrar Kazi (50*) repaired the extensive damage. Together the duo added 186 runs for the eighth wicket before being separated.

Arunachal handed back the advantage allowing their opponent to regain control. Rongsen departed after scoring a memorable 131 off 107 with six fours and 10 sixes. Kazi remained unbeaten on 50 off 81 which had four fours in it.

Arunachal declared after having taken a 242-run lead. Arunachal began well, led by Techi Doria in their second dig with the openers adding 47 runs before, again, losing their way.

Kazi triggered the collapse when he trapped Neelam Obi lbw on 12 in the 15th over. Doria was the next to depart after scoring 33. Kazi finished the day with 4/12 while Imliwati Lemtur and Pawan Suyal chipped in with a wicket each.

Brief Scores: Arunachal Pradesh 135 and 98/7 f-o (Techi Doria 33; Abrar Kazi 4/12) trail Nagaland by 144 runs