Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19 Plate wrap: Bihar maintain top spot; Sikkim still winless
Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19 Plate wrap: Bihar maintain top spot; Sikkim still winless

A round-up of the Plate matches in round ten of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy

Yashpal Singh’s fighting century for Manipur wasn’t enough as Bihar comfortably chased down 173 runs to win the match by eight wickets. Yashpal remained unbeaten on 134 as the rest of the batsmen around him failed to get going. He scored almost 80 percent of the team’s runs to get his side to 172. However, the effort was undone by a century from Babul Kumar and Rahmat Ullah’s unbeaten 50 that saw the side through inside 30 overs.

Manipur were reduced to 6/48 with Rehan Khan and Arunay Singh shredding the top order. Three of Manipur’s top five were dismissed for ducks and only Yashpal took the initiative scoring 134 with 15 boundaries and four sixes. He and Rex Singh put on 57 with Yashpal scoring 40 of those runs.

In reply, Bihar lost opener Kumar Mridul early in chase. His partner Vikash Ranjan battled hard for 23 balls to score 10 before Bishworjit Konthoujam sent him packing. Babul and Rahamtullah then took centerstage and both scored at an impressive rate – over a-run-a-ball, to ensure there was no room for any surprise. With 15 boundaries and a six, Babul brought up his century, even as his partner remained unbeaten on 50 with eight fours.

Brief scores: Bihar 176/2 (Babul Kumar 100*, Rahmat Ullah 50*) beat Manipur 172/8 (Yashpal Singh 134; Rehan Khan 3/39) by eight wickets.

Easy win for Puducherry

An impressive five wicket haul from debutant Akshay Jain on List-A debut crippled Arunachal Pradesh, bowling them out for 95. Jain’s five for was assisted by another laudable performance from offspinner Fabid Ahmed, who picked up four wickets for just eight runs. The two bowlers combined to pick up nine wickets, after which veteran Abhishek Nayar’s unbeaten half-century made short work of the total allowing Puducherry to win by seven wickets – their first victory of the tournament.

Arunachal, batting first, were 2 for 79 before they imploded to lose the next eight wickets for 15 runs. Pankaj Singh went for 28 runs in his opening spell of five overs before Jain and Fabid began operating in tandem and trigger an unforgettable collapse. Three Arunachal batsmen were dismissed without scoring with another batsman – Sams Alam – remaining unbeaten on 0.

With the ball, Arunachal Pradesh started well, removing D Rohit for a duck off the fourth ball of the innings. AM Narayanan and Nayar then added 83 runs for the second wicket before Techi Neri snapped the stand. Narayanan’s wicket was followed by another dismissal, but Nayar, with his experience, struck nine fours and a six to easily chase down the target.

Brief Scores: Puducherry 100/3 (Abhishek Nayar 65*; Techi Neri 2/6) beat Arunachal Pradesh 95 all out (Samarth Seth 32; Akshay Jain 5/13) by seven wickets.

Sikkim remain winless

At Shastri Maidan, Anand sikkim endured their seventh straight loss of the campaign going down to Meghalaya by 149 runs.

Former Delhi batsman Puneet Bisht hit a 106-ball 149 to drive MEghalaya to 315/5 before he bowlers led by Gurinder Singh restricted Sikkim to 166/9. Opting to bat first, Meghalaya lost openers Babloo Passah for 10 to Palzor Tamang before Bisht got together with Sylvester Mylliempdah (24) for a stand of 60 runs.

Bisht then drove Meghalaya forward with a big 145-run stand with skipper Jason Lamare (55). Bisht was picked up by Mandup Bhutia after the wicketkeeper-batsman had hit 22 fours and two sixes during his knock.

Another former Delhi player Yogesh Nagar then took over and added 44 off 30 and in tandem with Gurinder (24 off 11) took 92 runs off the last 10 overs.

In reply, Sikkim, with no outstation players to boost their team, lost both their openers inside the first four overs. Bijay Kumar Subba added 27 while Lee Yong Lepcha made 36, but other batsman failed to stick around with the duo as Gurinder picked 4 for 20 in his 10 overs while Dipu Sangma claimed two wickets.

Brief Scores: Meghalaya 315/5 (Puneet Bisht 149, Jason Lamare 55; Palzor Tamang 1/40) beat Sikkim 166/9 (Lee Yong Lepcha 36; Gurinder Singh 4/20) by 149 runs