GANGTOK:

The Ranji Trophy plate group match between Meghalaya and Sikkim on the opening day at Sikkim’s home ground in Rangpo, Akash Kumar Choudhary made a significant impact by taking four wickets. Despite a challenging start for Sikkim, a middle-order resistance helped them reach a respectable score of 238/7 in 78 overs by the end of the first day.

Sikkim won the toss and elected to bat, but they faced early setbacks and were reduced to 63/5. However, a partnership between Palzor (79) and Saurav Kumar Prasad (36) for the sixth wicket contributed 77 runs. Ankur took Prasad’s place and remained unbeaten at 58 when stumps were called, forming a partnership of 65 for the seventh wicket with Palzor.

Akash Kumar Choudhary played a crucial role for Meghalaya, dismissing two top-order batters and claiming the prized wickets of Palzor and Prasad, finishing with figures of 4/46 in 23 overs. Swarajeet Das, the fellow opening bowler, secured 2/38 in 13 overs, while left-arm spinner Aryan Borah, drafted from the U-23 men’s team for this game, took 1/82 in 21 overs.

As Meghalaya aims to take the remaining three wickets swiftly on the second day, they aim to restrict Sikkim from adding significantly to their overnight score.