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Table-toppers Uttarakhand were helped to 377 courtesy Saurabh Rawat’s fine 102 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 9 Plate match against Mizoram on Monday. At stumps, Mizoram were 8/0, behind by 369 runs.

Put into bat, Uttarakhand’s inform openers – Karanveer Kaushal (6) and Vineet Saxena (35) – were back in the hut in the first 15 overs. However, a 144-run partnership for the fourth wicket between captain Rajat Bhatia and Rawat, steadied the innings.

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The partnership was brought to an end after Bhatia, who scored a run-a-ball 84, departed after he was trapped leg-before to Andrew Vanlalhruaia. Rawat, who brought up his first century this season, was dismissed by G Lalbiakvela in the 70th over after smashing 14 boundaries in his 149-ball 102.

Malolan Rangarajan kept the scoreboard ticking to add 58 off 76, his innings studded with five boundaries and one six before he was trapped lbw to Akhil Rajput.

For Manipur, Taruwar Kohli (2/61), captain S Zorinliana (2/52) and Rajput (2/21) made inroads into the Uttarakhand batting line-up.

Brief scores: Mizoram 8/0 trail Uttarakhand 377 (Saurabh Rawat 102, Rajat Bhatia 84) by 369 runs