Cooch Behar Trophy: Meghalaya resist but have it all to do on final day

Shillong, Nov 26: Meghalaya showed real fight with the bat today but still have their backs up against the wall in the U-19 men’s Cooch Behar Trophy match against Nagaland, with Monday being the final day.

At stumps on the third day today Meghalaya were on 120/3, still needing 335 more runs to win tomorrow.


Nagaland resumed their second innings today on 131/1. They had made 245 all out in the first innings to which Meghalaya could only reply with 110/10.

With a 135-run first innings lead Nagaland were in a supremely strong position when they declared their second innings on 319/4, setting Meghalaya a target of 455 to win.

However, the home team produced a much-improved batting performance in the last session, with Pushkar Raj Singh scoring 55 from 79 balls in a knock that included a dozen fours.

It started a little shakily for Meghalaya as they were reduced to 13/2 but Pushkar came together with Kishlay Vishlux, who batted patiently for his unbeaten 31 from 121 deliveries. Crucially, Krishlay survived the day and will look to bat for a long time tomorrow as well. With him at the close of play was all-rounder Shavian Blah, who is not out on 18.

Earlier, the visitors continued to dominate the match, with Vishal Sahani making a peerless 156 from just 162 balls (22x4s, 3x6s). His shot-making was a little risky but his good form was coupled with good luck and he continued until finally being dismissed by Manthan Dey (1/23 in 3 overs).

Yugandhar also struck a century for Nagaland, hitting exactly 100 before getting out to the leg-spin of Charm Marbaniang. He proved to be Meghalaya’s most successful bowler today, taking 3/93 after toiling for 22 overs.

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