Shillong, Dec 8: Meghalaya stormed to a 164-run victory against Sikkim in their first match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy Plate Group in Jaipur today.

Guest professional Chirag Khurana (pictured second left) struck 100 at the top of the order and Lerry Sangma (far left) cracked 69 off just 63 deliveries as Meghalaya made 265/5 in their allotted 50 overs after losing the toss and being made to bat first. Dippu Sangma (far right) took 3/13 and Akash Kumar Chaudhary (second right) 3/18 as they shone with the ball to bowl out Sikkim for 101.

Khurana opened the batting with Kishan Lyngdoh. This was the pair that were the mainstay of Meghalaya’s batting in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament and they put on 48 for the first wicket today.

Lyngdoh was out for 15 and Rohit Shah and guest professional Punit Bisht made 10 and 20 respectively. By that stage Meghalaya were 132/3 in 30.3 overs.

Lerry’s arrival to the crease signalled the start of an upping in Meghalaya’s scoring rate. He smacked three sixes and three fours in his 69 from 63 balls. His partnership with Khurana gave Meghalaya another 67 runs for the fourth wicket when the latter was dismissed. Ravi Teja was his replacement and he hit a quick 25 off 19 deliveries as Meghalaya struck nine an over in the last eight overs to reach 265/5.

In the chase, Dippu struck twice in the fifth over and Chaudhary twice in the 11th to leave Sikkim in trouble on 39/4. Dippu bagged his third in the 14th over and Chaudhary followed suit in the next to leave Sikkim facing real difficulties at 45/6.

The batting side then experienced a slight recovery as they made 35 for the seventh wicket but the resistance did not last too long as Sikkim were all out for 101, with Teja (2/3) and Aryan Bora (1/15) claiming the other wickets for a terrific start to their campaign.

Meghalaya will not get any rest as they will be back in action against Bihar tomorrow.

(Meghalaya Cricket Association photos)

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