Patna: Bihar are all set to qualify for the final of the Rajni Trophy plate group after putting themselves in a nearly unassailable position against hosts Meghalaya on the third day of their four-day match at MCA Ground (Polo Ground) in Shillong on Thursday. Meghalaya still needed an imposing 436 runs to win the match with nine wickets in hand at the end of the third day’s play.
Bihar have given Meghalaya a target of 458 runs to win the match. Chasing this stiff target, Meghalaya scored 23 runs for one wicket. Bihar had scored 428 runs in the first innings and 164 runs in the second innings. Meghalaya has scored 134 runs in the first innings.
Bihar started the third day with 28 runs without any losses. Bihar got the first blow in the form of Basukinath. Basukinath got out after scoring 22 runs. After this, Bihar lost two wickets quickly. Babul Kumar teamed up with Sakibul Gani and they took the innings forward. They added 47 runs for the fourth wicket before Babul got out after scoring 51 runs. After this, Bihar’s wickets kept falling at regular intervals, and the entire team was all out for 164 in 66.3 overs, setting Meghalaya a target of 458 runs.
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Bihar first innings: 428
Meghalaya first innings: 134
Bihar second innings: Basukinath c Rohit Shah b Akash Kumar 22; Babul Kumar c Tarique Siddique B R b Bishnoi Jr 51 (132 balls, 6×4); Sachin Kumar Singh c Kishan Lyndoh B R b Bishnoi Jr 1; Bipin Saurabh (wk) lbw R b Bishnoi Jr 0; S Gani lbw R b Bishnoi Jr 39; Shivam Singh b R B Bishnoi Jr 11; Ashutosh Aman (c) c Kishan Lyndoh b Swarajeet Das 0; Veer Pratap Singh b R B Bishnoi Jr 14; Shivam S Kumar c Swarajeet Das b Akash Kumar 15; Nawaz c Rohit Shah b Akash Kumar 6; Bansi not out 0
Extras ( b 1, lb 4, w 0, nb 0 )5
TOTAL: 164 (66.3 OVERS)
FALL OF WICKETS: 1 – 58 (Basukinath, 20.2 ov); 2 – 63 (Sachin Kumar Singh , 21.1 ov); 3 – 63 (Bipin Saurabh, 21.3 ov); 4 – 110 (Babul Kumar, 43.1 ov); 5 – 124 (Shivam Singh, 49.4 ov); 6 – 125 (Ashutosh Aman, 54.4 ov); 7 – 129 (S Gani, 59.5 ov); 8 – 152 (Veer Pratap Singh, 63.1 ov); 9 – 159 (Nawaz, 64.6 ov); 10 – 164 (Shivam S Kumar, 66.3 ov)
Bowling: Akash Kumar 14.3-5-34-3; Swarajeet Das 6-3-25-1; Arbin Singh 12-2-41-0;R B Bishnoi Jr 25-16-30-6; Abhishek 9-1-29-0
Meghalaya Second Innings: R R Biswa not out 13; Kishan Lyndoh b Veer Pratap Singh 9; Rohit Shah (wk) not out) 0
Extras ( b 0, lb 1, w 0, nb 0 )1
TOTAL: 23/1 (11.5 OVERS)
Yet To Bat: Akash Kumar ,Abhishek ,Arbin Singh ,Dippu ,Punit Bisht (c) ,R B Bishnoi Jr , Swarajeet Das, Tarique Siddique
FALL OF WICKETS: 1 – 19 (Kishan Lyndoh, 8.6 ov)
Bowling: Veer Pratap Singh 6-1-14-1; Nawaz 5-2-8-0; Ashutosh Aman 0.5-0-0-0