Puducherry puts themselves in pole position to claim seven points, reducing Mizoram to 40/8 and with a lead of 243 runs
Puducherry puts themselves in pole position to claim seven points, reducing Mizoram to 40/8 and with a lead of 243 runs

Despite one whole day being washed out due to rain, Puducherry puts themselves in pole position to claim seven points, reducing Mizoram to 40/8 and with a lead of 243 runs on day three of round four of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 at CAP Siechem Ground, Puducherry on Friday.

Starting the day at 163/3 with a lead of 71 runs, Puducherry batsman scored at fair clip. Veteran Abhiskek Nayar departed early in the day without adding anything to his overnight score of 17, but Fabid Ahmed scored 103 off 153 balls and aided by Ranjit Bhaskaran’s 60-ball 44, Puducherry declared their innings at 375/8.

Ahmed and Baskaran put on 89 runs for the seventh wicket. Vengadeshwaran added an unbeaten 20. For Mizoram, Sinan Khadir picked 5/97.

In their second dig, Mizoram faired poorly with top three batsman falling for zero. 0/3 became 5/4 when Ahmed claimed Lalhruaizela for 5. Nayar had claimed two wickets up front while Pankaj Singh had removed opener Akhil Rajput.

Michael Lalremkima made 20 while Khadir added 10 before Ahmed removed Lalremkima and Pankaj added his ninth scalp of the match in the form of Khadir. Ahmed then picked two more wickets in the form of Saidingliana Sailo (1) and Lalhruai Ralte (0) as Mizoram ended day three on 40/8, trailing Puducherry by 243 runs.

Brief Scores: Mizoram 40/8 (Michael Lalremkima 20; Fabid Ahmed 4/6) & 92 trail Puducherry 375/8d (Fabid Ahmed 103*, Ranjit Bhaskaran 44; Sinan Khadir 5/97) by 243 runs