Chennai, 13 January: The second match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was played today against Bihar at SSN College Ground, Chennai today, where Sikkim won the toss and chose to bat first.
|Left to Right : Md Ronak, Rajiv Malay Darjee and Md Saptulla Receiving The Sikkim Cap From Captain Robin Bist|
In the first innings, Sikkim scored 110 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 8 wickets. The local boys Nilesh Lamichaney and Ashish Thapa gave a good start with the opening partnership of 43 runs. Varun Sood was the highest scorer for the side with 28 runs, Nilesh Lamichaney 24 runs, Ashish Thapa 22 runs, Anureet Singh 18 runs, Palzor Tamang 4 runs, Lee Yong Lepcha 3 runs, Robin Bist and Mandup Bhutia 1 run each. The turning track helped the opponent bowler Ashutosh Aman, who took 4 crucial wickets.
In the second innings, Bihar achieved the target of 111 runs in 19.1 overs with the loss of 2 wickets and won the match by 8 wickets. The debutant Rajiv Malay Darjee who has never represented Sikkim in any format showed a good game. In his 4 overs, he took an important wicket of Mangal Mahrour who was batting at 55 runs and was the leading scorer for the side. The second wicket was taken by Anureet Singh of Shasheem Rathour. The other two debutants for Sikkim were Md. Saptullah and Md Ronak.
Sikkim will be playing against Nagaland on 15th January at IC-Gurunanak College Ground, Chennai.