Shillong, Dec 6: A smashing century from guest/professional Punit Bisht (pictured right) took Meghalaya to 294/5 on the first day of their Ranji Trophy plate group match against Uttarakhand in Dehradun today.

The innings of the Meghalaya wicketkeeper was absolutely crucial as Uttarakhand had taken three early wickets after winning the toss and opting to bowl first.

Bisht, in company of Yogesh Nagar (91), hit 154 runs, with 19 fours, to rescue Meghalaya’s first innings.

Bisht and Nagar (pictured left) would go on to put on 194 for the fourth wicket before Nagar fell in the nineties just short of his century.

Gurinder Singh then joined Bisht at the crease and the pair added another 58 runs before the centurion was finally dismissed by the hosts.

At stumps Gurinder was not out on 22, with Abhay Negi not out on 7.

Meanwhile, the Ranji Trophy plate group match between Meghalaya and Mizoram, originally scheduled to be played from December 22 to 25, has been rescheduled after the intervention by Meghalaya Cricket Association Honorary Secretary Naba Bhattacharjee, who pointed out matches should not be held on the holy occasion of Christmas.

Accordingly, the BCCI has agreed to advance the match, which will now be held from December 20 to 23.

(Photo contributed by the Meghalaya Cricket Association)

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