Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 08:30 [IST]
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GANGTOK,: As many as 10 batsmen failed to reach double figures as Sikkim suffered one of their biggest defeats in domestic T20 tournament.
In response to Nagaland’s 176 in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy encounter at Chennai today, Sikkim were bundled out for 76 runs in 14.2 overs.
Only Anureet Singh managed to score in double digit while all others perished to a fine bowling display by Nagaland.
After being invited to bat first, Nagaland scored 176 runs for the loss of four wickets in their stipulated 20 overs with two of their batsmen getting past fifties. Captain R. Jonathan led from the front with 56 runs off 39 balls. He also shared an 92-run stand for second wicket with S.S. Mundhe (54) before Stuart Binny (30) and Mundhe blitz took Nagaland to a commanding 176.
Debutant Ajay Pradhan was the pick of the Sikkim bowlers. The left-arm orthodox spinner took two wickets for 34 runs in his four overs. At 40, Pradhan is one of the oldest players to make domestic T20 debut.
In reply, Sikkim lost their first wicket in the first over itself. Opener Nilesh Lamichaney was caught behind off Binny’s bowling. Six balls later, captain Robin Bist was out for another low score after playing straight back to bowler.
Sikkim lost first five wickets with just 26 runs on board, leaving them struggling in the match.
All-rounder Anureet who came in at number six scored 41 off 26 balls to take Sikkim past their lowest score in T20.
This was yet another poor batting display from Sikkim. After failing to accelerate in second match against Bihar where they managed only 110 runs in 20 overs, Sikkim failed miserably today with 10 batsmen, apart from Anureet, contributing only 31 runs, resulting in second biggest loss in terms of runs for Sikkim after a 154-run loss against Mumbai in their first ever match in February 2019.
In the previous encounter between Sikkim and Nagaland in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the later eased past Sikkim’s total of 122.
Sikkim is presently at 6th position in the eight-team Plate Group with four points. While the chances of making it to the quarter final are slim, the Himalayan State still has two more matches – against Chandigarh on January 17 and against Meghalaya on January 19.