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In a riveting encounter in the Plate Group category of the Ranji Trophy 2023-24, Mizoram and Nagaland battled fiercely, ultimately ending in a nail-biting draw at GS Patel Stadium, Nadiad.

Here’s a detailed recap of the action-packed match:

Day 1: Nagaland struggles in the first innings
On the opening day of the match, Nagaland faced a challenging task in their first innings, posting a total of 211 runs. Sedezhalie Rupreo led the charge with 45 runs, supported by Jonathan Rongsen (38 runs), Yugandhar Singh (37 runs), and an unbeaten 35* runs from Jaganath Sinivas. Mizoram’s Mohit Jagra showcased an outstanding performance, claiming a remarkable 6-wicket haul to restrict Nagaland’s innings.

Mizoram dominates in the first innings
In response, Mizoram asserted dominance in their first innings, putting up a commanding total of 356 runs. Agni Chopra played a stellar innings with 164 runs, complemented by an unbeaten 113* runs from Mohit Jagra. Tahmeed Rahman took 3 wickets for Nagaland, while Karan Tewatiya and Jonathan Rongsen secured 2 wickets each.

Nagaland’s strong fightback in the second innings
Nagaland displayed resilience in their second innings, staging a remarkable comeback. Sedezhalie Rupreo’s exceptional performance shone through with an impressive 179 runs. Jaganath Sinivas contributed 86 runs, while Sumit Kumar (74* runs not out) and Joshua Ben Ozukum (70 runs) added valuable runs. Nagaland declared their innings at 463/7, setting a challenging target of 319 runs for Mizoram.

Sedezhalie Rupreo
Nagaland’s Sedezhalie Rupreo scored 179 runs in the second innings

Mizoram’s tailenders secure a draw
As the match entered its final stages, Mizoram faced a tough challenge in their second innings. Despite a collapse in the batting order, the tailenders stood firm. Mohit Jagra once again played a crucial role, scoring 61 runs. The match concluded with Mizoram making 221 runs for the loss of 8 wickets, securing a hard-fought draw. Mohit Jagra’s all-around performance earned him the well-deserved title of the “Man of the Match.”

Upcoming Fixture: Nagaland vs Meghalaya
Nagaland will now shift their focus to the upcoming clash against Meghalaya at their home turf, scheduled from January 19th to 22nd, 2024, at MCA Cricket Ground, Polo Ground, Shillong.

Mokokchung Times

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