Shillong, Feb 13: Meghalaya have Arunachal Pradesh firmly against the ropes in their Ranji Trophy match in Dibrugarh after a strong performance on the second day today.

Resuming on 387/4 with guest-professional Punit Bisht on 163 not out, Meghalaya went on to declare their first innings on 576/9. By stumps Arunachal were on 115/5, still trailing by 461 runs.

Although his batting partner Sanjay Yadav (22) was dismissed a little over two overs into play today, Bisht continued where he left off yesterday to reach a fantastic personal score of 250 off 263 deliveries. By the time he was dismissed Bisht had struck 26 fours and one six.

He was given good company by Wanlambok Nongkhlaw (pictured), who struck his highest first-class score and maiden half-century in an innings of 70. His dismissal was followed by that of Aryan Borah (13) in the same over, which prompted Meghalaya to declare on a massive total. This was, incidentally, Borah’s debut in senior cricket having been promoted from the U-19 team.

After 135.4 overs of slogging in the field Arunachal began their first innings but were put on the back foot almost immediately when Chengkam Sangma bagged the first wicket with his very first delivery. He then followed that up with the second wicket in his next over.

Sangma finished the day with figures of 2/29, while Yadav claimed 2/25. Borah (1/12) also picked up a wicket, his first at this level.

(Meghalaya Cricket Association photo)

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