Shillong, Apr 21: Meghalaya have Mizoram on the ropes after a great penultimate day of their Col CK Nayudu Trophy plate group match in Cuttack today.

Resuming play on 283/6 with a lead of 57, Meghalaya’s tail kept going until they were out for 375 thanks to an unbeaten 39 by Sudhir Sahani and 31 by Abhishek Kumar.

Mizoram thus required 149 runs in their second innings just to make Meghalaya bat again. By stumps, they were 170/8, leading by just 21 runs with two wickets in hand.

Out of 70 overs that Mizoram faced, Bipin Kumar Ray bowled 29 and took 4/68 as he strangled the opposing batters. Agreas Chamcham Sangma claimed 2/52 in 22 overs, while Swastic Chettri (1/5 in 2 overs) and Abhishek Kumar (1/9 in 8 overs) also found success.

Mizoram had a good second wicket partnership worth 79 runs but they then lost seven wickets for 46 runs to leave them on 135/8.

Another 35 runs have since been added for the ninth wicket and Meghalaya will look to dismiss F Lalruatfela (32 not out) tomorrow to get one step closer to victory.

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