Sikkim beats Manipur In Ranji Trophy

Sikkim’s first win of the season came after a match against Manipur on 29th January where we won by 232 runs at Vikash Cricket Ground, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Sikkim earned 6 Point(s) for the win, now standing with 10 Point(s) in the team standing table with one win and two draws. The match started on 27th […] The post Sikkim beats Manipur In Ranji Trophy appeared first on The Sikkim Chronicle - Sikkim News.

Sikkim beats Manipur In Ranji Trophy

Sikkim’s first win of the season came after a match against Manipur on 29th January where we won by 232 runs at Vikash Cricket Ground, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Sikkim earned 6 Point(s) for the win, now standing with 10 Point(s) in the team standing table with one win and two draws.

The match started on 27th January with Manipur winning the toss and choosing to field first. Sikkim scored 169 runs in the first innings of which highest run was scored by Lee Yong Lepcha (45), as the Manipur had a good bowling line-up with Rex Singh taking 4 wickets, Thomas 3 wickets, Bishworjit 2 wickets and Priyojit 1 wicket. Palzor and Lee Yong’s partnership was imperative in gaining the 69 runs that helped Sikkim get to a decent total.

Despite having low total on the board, Sikkim’s bowlers showed a good game by restricting the opponent to just 91 runs and maintaining the lead of 78 runs in the first innings. Ishwar Chaudhary took a brilliant 6 wickets and well supported by Iqbal Abdullah who took 3 wickets. This was Ishwar’s 4th five wickets haul of the season and he is standing in 8th position of most wickets list of Ranji Trophy season 2019-20.

In the second innings, Sikkim made 266 runs, where Iqbal Abdullah scored 71 runs, Palzor Tamang (50), Ashish Thapa and Lee Yong Lepcha (25 each), Yashpal Singh (23), Padam Limboo (20), Bibek Diyali (16), Chitiz Tamang (9), Puran Giri (7) and Ishwar (4). Lee Yong remained not-out on 25 runs. The partnership of 105 runs between the skipper Palzor and Vice-Captain Iqbal was the turning point of the match where they took a good lead.

Sikkim gave the target of 345 runs to Manipur with two days in hand but once again Sikkim bowlers bowled brilliantly. Captain Palzor Tamang became the first player from Sikkim to get 5 wickets to haul in the most prestigious trophy of India, having taken 6 wickets in 13 overs.

Ishwar and Iqbal took 2 wickets each, winning the match with a huge margin. Ishwar Chaudhary was adjudged The Man of The Match for his 8 wickets and for having played a vital role in the first innings and giving the team a lead.

“There is ability in the players from Sikkim to win the match with both bat and ball and it is a different feeling when the locals perform well and win the match. I am happy and honoured to claim a 5 wickets haul and become the first player from Sikkim to do so in first-class cricket. Cricket is a team game and it would not have been possible for me to achieve this without the support of all my teammates, coach, trainer and support staff,” says Captain Palzor Tamang.

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