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Milind Kumar is on a fairytale run this Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season. Kumar, who scored twin centuries in the previous match against Meghalaya, this time worked his mojo with the ball to pick up five wickets and followed it up with an unbeaten fifty to put Sikkim in command on the opening day of their Round 9 Plate match against Arunachal Pradesh on Monday.

Put into bat, Arunachal Pradesh were bowled out for 169 with Milind, an offspinner, emerging as the pick of the bowlers with five for 42 – his best bowling figures in first-class cricket – while pacer Ishwar Chaudhary pocketing three wickets.

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Kshitiz Sharma was the only batsman, who could offer some resistance to the bowling attack in Goalpara, scoring 59 off 71 deliveries. At stumps, Sikkim were 132/3, behind by 37 runs, with Milind and Jahan Uddin unbeaten on 50 and 27 respectively.

Brief scores: Sikkim 132/3 (Milind Kumar 50*) trail Arunachal Pradesh 169 all out (Kshitiz Sharma 59; Milind 5/42, Ishwar Chaudhary 3/55) by 37 runs