Shillong, Dec 22: Meghalaya managed to take their U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy match into a third and final day against Hyderabad after a good showing with the bat in their second innings today thanks to Rudra Singh Rathore (pictured) and Trinayan Dutta.

Resuming their first innings on 13/1 in reply to Hyderabad’s 300 all out, Meghalaya were dismissed for 83 and were made to follow-on but, in the second innings, they fared much better and were on 139/6, though still 78 runs from making their opponents bat again.

Meghalaya’s hero with the ball from the first day was Da U La Biang Shangpliang, who claimed 5/91.

With the bat, Kishlay Vishlux scored 25 in Meghalaya’s first innings. The second innings saw Rathore made a fighting half-century before he was dismissed for 54 (8x4s), while Dutta struck 36 (8x4s).

Vishlux (10) and Jarrett M Wanniang (17) also got into double figures but their dismissals meant that Hyderabad have gotten to the tail-enders. At the crease at stumps were Justin Fancon on 4 not out and Benedict Jones Makdoh, who has yet to get off the mark.

(Meghalaya Cricket Association photo)

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