Ranji Trophy: Raman, Manan tons of Chandigarh power at 400/6
DIMAPUR: the incessant rain could not hinder the spirit of young Raman Bishnoi , who closed his second consecutive century to propel Chandigarh to a gigantic 400 by 6 declared, although only 18 game envelopes could be possible on the third day of the Ranji Trophy Plate group crash against Nagaland in Sovima, near Dimapur on Sunday.
Raman, who reached a constant 126 at Chandigarh's previous exit against Meghalaya, continued his rich streak with a quick ball of 83 100 balls, tied with 12 four and three six, to push visitors to a dominant position in the competition.
Raman, 22, received great support from the experienced SUV Bipul Sharma , which hit 50 undefeated 35 balls, which included seven hits to the fence and once on it, before a heavy downpour forced to suspend the play of the day.
When qualifying the century against Meghlaya as a more challenging one, Raman was sincere enough to admit that batting in strange conditions brings out the best.
I love batting in unknown conditions, where you have no idea how the wicket behaves. I take my time to enter before facing the bowlers. The century against Meghalaya was more challenging as they have quality bowlers and also the uneven nature of the field in Mangaldai, ”Raman told TOI.
However, the young man did not forget to mention the support of Chandigarh's head coach, VRV Singh, and the captain. Manan Vohra , for his blow.
I am happy to have been able to meet in both games and my coach and captain's support could correspond. From Ranji's trials, Mr. VRV would continue to motivate me while Manan approached me and asked me to play my natural game without exerting excessive pressure, he said.
Earlier, while resuming from their overnight score of 263 for three, Chandigarh’s skipper Manan Vohra could add just 14 runs to his individual score before being caught by Temjentoshi off the bowling of Nagaho in the 57th over.
Manan hammered 20 boundaries in his 140-ball innings of 121. Nagaho struck again in his very next over with the wicket of the in-form Ankit Kaushik for just four runs. The other overnight batsman Raman Bishnoi then, accelerated the pace of runs by completing his half century off 51 balls. At the other end, Bipul also smashed shots across the park.
The duo partnered in an association of 103 races of only 11 overs. However, Raman's stay was interrupted when he gave a direct shot to the Ngaho bowler.
For the Nagaland side, Ngaho Chishi (5/80) was the most successful bowler while Aoshashi Longchar claimed one.
Chandigarh 1st entry: Arslan Khan c Lemtur b Nagaho Chishi 87, S Bhambri c Jonathan b Nagaho Chishi 19, Manan Vohra c Temjentoshi Jamir b Nagaho Chishi 121, Uday Kaul c&b Longchar 11, Raman Bishnoi c&b Nagaho Chishi 100, Ankit Kaushik c Takawale b Nagaho Chishi 4, Bipul Sharma 50 not out
Extras: 8 (b 2, nb 5, w 1)
Total: 400 for 6d (70.3 Overs, RR: 5.67)
FOW: 1-44 (Shivam Bhambri, 11.4 ov), 2-178 (Arslan Khan, 33.3 ov), 3-210 (Uday Kaul, 42.4 ov), 4-291 (Manan Vohra, 56.4 ov), 5-297 (Ankit Kaushik , 58.4 ov), 6-400 (Raman Bishnoi, 70.3 ov)
Bowling: SS Mundhe 18-1-77-0, Nagaho Chishi 17.3-1-80-5, M Wotsa 2-0-8-0, I Lemtur 13-0-88-0, R Jonathan 10-0-61-0, Tahmeed Rahman 4-0-48-0, AN Longchar 5-1-23-1, HH Zhimomi 1-0-13-0