Ranji Trophy: Tonan Manan drives Chandigarh 263/3 against Nagaland

DIMAPORE: Captain Chandigarh Manan Vohra turned on the heat for Nagaland with a fast undefeated century, his second of the current Ranji Trophy , to boost visitors to a strong 263 of 3 on stumps on the second day of the draw in Sovima near Dimapur on Saturday.

Manan's innings of 107 not out of 126 deliveries, laced with 17 hits to the fence, somehow made up for the loss of play on the opening day, which was completely washed out due to heavy showers. The second day's play started almost a couple of hours late, and Chandigarh's strategy to go after the bowling after being put in to bat by Nagaland skipper Zhimoni, thankfully worked in their favor.

The tourists came into the match on the back of a thumping innings and 189-run win over Meghalaya, and continued with the same momentum against Nagaland, whose bowlers were at the receiving end of their captain's poor decision to field first on a wicket that turned into a batting paradise once the sky cleared up.

Chandigarh had a decent start of 44 races from his initial duo of Shivam Bhambri (19) and Arslan Khan, and the latter had another solid hit. The tiny starter took advantage of the situation with half a century of rapid fire and, more importantly, forged a second 134-race wicket association with his captain Manan. Arslan boldly dealt with his business, running to his fifties in 65 deliveries that helped Chandigarh cross the 150 race mark in style.

Manan began cautiously, consuming 11 deliveries to leave the mark, but then accelerated to take out his half century of 55 balls immediately after the tea break. The duo continued to torment the homemade bowlers at will until Nagaho stopped with the gate of Arslan, who by then had reached 87 of 100 balls, with 11 limits and a pair of six.

Placed in a comfortable 178 by 2, it was the perfect platform for the veteran stumper Uday Kaul (11) to get some races under his belt, but his form continued to abandon him, since he perished shortly after adding 32 runs for the third wicket with the boss.

Uday's game brought Raman Bishnoi in shape, who held his fort at the other end with an energetic 35 ball 32 undefeated, comprising four limits and a six, while Manan ran to his second century of the tournament in just 114 deliveries before The bad light forced an early closure of the game.

For the home team, Nagaho was the choice of bowlers with a pair of wickets, while Aosashi contributed one.

Scorekeeper

Chandigarh 1st entry: Arslan Khan ct Imliwati b Nagaho 87, Shivam Bhambri ct R Jonathan b Nagaho 19, Manan Vohra not out 107, Uday Kaul ct&baosashi11,ramanbishnoinotout32

extras(nb5,w1,b1,lb0,pen0)7

total(3wickets; 53 overs) 263


Bowling: SS Mundhe 12-1-51-0, Nagaho 12-1-34-2, Mughavi 2-0-8-0, Imliwati 10-0-58-0, R Jonathan 8-0-40-0, Tahmeed 4- 0-48-0, Aosashi 5-1-23-1

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