Shillong, Nov 12: Meghalaya were beaten by 115 runs by giants Karnataka in their first match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one day tournament season in Kolkata today.

Karnataka won the toss and opted to bat first and were dismissed for 259, to which Meghalaya could only manage 144.

Great bowling saw Meghalaya reduce Karnataka to 198/8 in 42.5 overs but the southern team were able to squeeze out another 61 runs in 7.1 overs thanks to Shreyas Gopal (64).

Still, it was a good day for Meghalaya’s bowlers, like Chengkam Sangma (1/55), who trapped India international cricketer Mayank Agarwal lbw for 15. Abhishek Kumar (3/54), who dismissed Gopal, returned the best figures, while guest professionals Chirag Khurana (2/42) and Rajesh Bishnoi (2/47) bagged a brace of wickets each. Lerry Sangma (1/19) also claimed one scalp.

In response, Meghalaya began slowly but steadily, with 58 runs put on by the openers Surya Rai (38) and Wanlambok Nongkhlaw (11). Khurana (32), Lerry (16) and Dippu Ch Sangma (16) were the other contributors but no one could really get a big score against the class bowling attack.

Meghalaya will play their second match against Delhi tomorrow.

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