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Milind Kumar struck yet another century in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2018-19, and was the saving grace for Sikkim who were bowled out for 219 against Megahlaya in their first innings on Day 1 of their round eight clash at the KIIT Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Milind top-scored with 117 off 129, an innings that was studded with 19 fours. Meghalaya reduced Sikkim to 81/5 after opting to field. They struggled to put up partnerships with regular strikes hurting them. Captain and opener Nilesh Lamichaney was dismissed for 1 in the sixth over to Dippu Sangma. Mark Ingty then gave them a second blow in the 11th over when he had Ashish Thapa caught for 2. Bibek Dayali’s (14) fight lasted for 45 deliveries as he fell to Chengkam Sangma in the 15th over.

Having lost half their side inside 27 overs, Sikkim were in dire need of a big partnership. They were spared the blushes when Milind and Bipul Sharma arrested the slide for some time. The duo added 67 runs for the sixth wicket. However, a Bipul wad run out for 27 which broke his association with Milind. But the leading run-getter of the season Milind found another able partner in Jahan Uddin who remained unbeaten on 20 off 59.

They had taken the score to 192/6 when Milind departed after being out caught behind off Raj Biswa. Gurinder Singh returned the top-figures with 3/71 in 22 overs and was involved in two of the last three dismissals including cleaning up Ishwar Chaudhary for 7 and running out last man Karma Rinzing for a duck.

In reply, Meghalaya were dealt an early blow when opener Laxman Chettri fell to Rinzing for 8. Captain Jason Lamare also feel cheaply, on 12 but by then the score had gone past 50 runs.

Opener Raj and wicketkeeper-batsman Puneet Bisht ensured no further damage as the duo took the score to 101/2 in 27 overs. Raj was unbeaten on 48 while Puneet was batting on 29.

Brief Scores: Meghalaya 101/2 (Raj Biswa 48*, Puneet Bisht 29*; Karma Rinzing 1/15) trail Sikkim 219 (Milind Kumar 117; Gurinder Singh 3/71) by 118 runs