Ranji Trophy: Saket casts a seven wicket spell while Bihar defeats Mizoram
PATNA: medium pacemaker Abhijeet Saket produced a magic spell during which he fired seven batters without conceding a single run to create Bihar's six wicket victory over Mizoram in a Ranji Trophy Plaque group match, Sunday.
Saket finally finished the game with the best figures of his 7/12 career when Bihar completed the victory in three days.
Mizoram opener C Lalrinsanga's (0) first-over dismissal marked the beginning of Saket's electrifying spell. Four Mizoram batsmen could not even open their account.
Taruwar Kohli He soon did the same with a first-ball duck in the second player of the 24-year-old. Lalhruaizela (1), Lalhmangaiha (3), Lalruatdika (0), Pratik Desai (0) and G Lalbiakvela (0) were the other victims of Saket.
Spinners Ashutosh Aman (2/30) and Shivam Sanjay Kumar (1/21) accounted for the remaining three Mizoram wickets.
Captain KB Pawan made a valiant 46 and was the top scorer for Mizoram while all other players cut a sorry figure.
Saket's efforts helped Bihar bundle out Mizoram for 68 in their second innings, setting Bihar a 185 run target.
In response, Bihar sailed towards the target in 33.4 overs with starter Indrajit Kumar (98 not out) and Babul Kumar (61) hitting comfortable half a century.
Earlier, Mizoram scored 378 in their first innings primarily on the back of opener Pratik Desai 's 192 while Bihar could only manage 262.