Sovima, 27 May (MTNews): In an age-old clash of titans, Kohima took on Dimapur at the Nagaland Cricket Stadium in the first semifinal match where the defending champions Dimapur triumphed over Kohima by 3 wickets in a closely contested match.


After winning the toss, Kohima opted to bat first. Running high on confidence and quality form, Imomenba Walling produced yet another exceptional batting performance as he scored 48 runs while his opening partner Hikato Aye also contributed 19 runs. However, the remaining batsmen of the Kohima outfit could not contribute much to the score as Dimapur bowled them all out in 39.3 overs with 135 runs on the board. Santosh Mahto and Raja Swarnkar took 3 wickets each while Nagaho, Tahmeed and Hem claimed 1 wicket each.


Needing 136 for the win, Shamphri Terang 34 runs and Hem Bahadur Chetri 57 runs gave Dimapur the required steady start in the run chase. However, Sepichem displayed brilliance with the ball and scalped 4 wickets alongside Kelhousilie who also whisked out 3 wickets to put the brakes on the defending champions.


At one stage, Dimapur looked like they were in deep troubled waters when they required 27 runs with only 3 wickets remaining although they had 118 balls to face. However, Hoponkyu Sangtam who contributed an important 10 runs combined with Hem Bahadur Chetri to stitch up the crucial win for Dimapur and place them in the finals for a Dimapur versus Niuland face-off.


Man of the Match was adjudged to Hem Bahadur Chetri for his 57 runs and 1 wicket claim.


Meanwhile, in the second semifinal played simultaneously at Sovima Cricket Ground, Niuland defeated Chümoukedima by 8 wickets to march into the finals.


Chümoukedima won the toss and elected to bat first but Mughavi 16 runs and Sedezhalie 12 runs were the only batsmen who could manage double digits as the batting line up collapsed. Chümoukedima could manage to put up a paltry total of 69 runs on the board as they were bundled out in 27.3 overs. Vino G Zhimomi of Niuland ran havoc through the batting line up of Chümoukedima as he returned with a figure of 5 wickets in 8.3 overs and was ably supported by Sunil Sharma who also collected 3 wickets.


In the run chase, Niuland felt the semifinals pressure as two quick wickets fell with just 3 runs on the board. Opening pair Vishal Sahani and Wahid Ali were dismissed for just 1 run and a naught respectively. Both wickets were claimed by the prodigy Khrievitso Kense.


However, Afzal Hussain 40 runs and Hokaito Zhimomi 27 runs made sure no further damage was done and played sensibly to steer their team to an impressive win in just 21.5 overs and book a berth for the finals.
Man of the match was awarded to Vino G Zhimomi for his brilliant bowling figures of 5 wickets in 8.3 over with 1 maiden over and conceding only 19 runs with an economy rate of 2.24.
Finals of the Senior Men’s Inter District Tournament 2023 between Niuland and Dimapur will be played on 29 May Monday at the Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Sovima.

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