Gangtok, Jan 16
Sikkim won their second match of the Cooch Behar Trophy 2018-19 today against Mizoram by 285 runs at Jorhat, Assam. After winning their first match of the tournament against Arunachal Pradesh with 3 wickets, this is their consecutive win. Sikkim got 6 Point(s) for this win and so far 13 Point(s) is earned by the team in the tournament.
Sikkim won the toss and chose to bat first on 14th January and gave a total score of 221 runs in the first innings. Om Saini scored 84 runs followed by Arif Ahmed Ansari (43), Anwesh Karan Sharma (21), Rahul Paik (19) and Robin Limboo (11*). They restricted the opponent team to 114 runs, with Om Saini taking 4 wickets, Adarsh Ramudamu (2), Deepak Mahato (2) and Arif Ansari (1).
In the second innings, Sikkim made 245 runs with the loss of 8 wickets and declared to Mizoram. Rahul Paik made his first Century for Sikkim 107 runs followed by Deepak Mahato (31), Bhim Luitel (23), and Anwesh (19). Sikkim gave a total of 352 runs to win. Again in the second innings, Sikkim bowled out Mizoram for just 67 runs and won the match with a huge margin. Robin Limboo, Bhim Luitel, Anwesh Karan Sharma and Deepak Mahato took 2 wickets each.
Coach Lakpa Chettri says – “It was a good show by our players in all aspects of the game, mostly in bowling and fielding where no easy runs were allowed. Om Saini’s 84 runs in the first innings and his 4 wickets helped the team a lot and brought confidence in the team and in the second innings a brilliant Century by Rahul Paik gave us a good lead and helped us win this match. I am happy with the overall performance of the team. The players are improving with each match and the team is well motivated for our next match against Meghalaya.”
Sikkim has played 7 matches out of which they have won 2 against Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, drawn 1 against Puducherry. Before the season ends Sikkim will be playing their last match against Meghalaya at MCA Cricket Ground, Polo Ground, Shillong on 21st January 2019.