Shillong, Oct 18: Meghalaya won their U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy match against Arunachal Pradesh by 65 runs in Tezpur today.

Meghalaya began yesterday with the bat first after Arunachal won the toss and opted to field. Meghalaya were bowled out for 138 in 64.2 overs with Ayushman Das top-scoring with 33, while Raghav Magotra made 27.

Arunachal were then skittled for 65 in 28.5 overs in their first innings. Bharat Gurung scalped 4/9, while Magotra took 4/11 and Nirdesh Baisoya claimed 2/29.

Meghalaya’s second innings was almost equally low-scoring – 85 in 30.2 overs, with Mrityunjay Bharali hitting 30. Avinash Rai was the only other batsman to get into double figures with 22.

Meghalaya thus led by 158 runs but were able to bowl out Arunachal for 93 in the latter’s second innings. This time Baisoya took 5/21 (match figures of 7/40), while Magotra bagged 3/35 and Rai 2/10.

(Photo contributed by the Meghalaya Cricket Association)

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