Bihar Ranji Team Victorious in Patna after 42 Years

Bihar team high-fiving each other after thrashing Sikkim in the Ranji Trophy match in Patna.

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Patna: For the first in the last 42 years, Bihar Ranji cricket team scored a victory on the ground of Patna's Moinul Haque Stadium when it defeated Sikkim on Friday by a margin of whopping 395 runs finishing them off in three days of the four-day match.

Prior to this, Bihar had defeated Orissa in 1976 at the Moinul Haque ground by a margin of 226 runs and an inning.

With the win, Bihar's hope of entering into the knock-out round remains alive with a total of seven points in three matches moving up in the tally from the 8th place to the much-respectable 4th place in its group.

Bihar had earlier lost to Uttarakhand and had pulled a draw against Puducherry on account of rain. With its win over Sikkim, Bihar earned six points and is now poised to play against Arunachal Pradesh on December 6 at the Urja Stadium at Rajvanshi Nagar in Patna.

The architects of the much-deserved victory were Bihar spinner Ashutosh Aman who took a total of 10 wickets while also contributing in the batting category with his flawless 89 runs in the first inning.

Samar Qadri, Bihar's star leg spinner, also showed the ferocious side of his bowling when he destroyed the visiting team by grabbing 5 wickets in the second inning.

As reported before, after scoring 288 runs in the first inning, Bihar team restricted Sikkim for a humiliating 81 runs. In the second inning, Bihar declared 296 at the loss of seven wickets leaving a target of 504 runs for the visiting team.

However, with the deadly bowling by Aman and Qadri, the Sikkim team were all out for a paltry 108 runs handing the victory to the host team.

Notable among Bihar batsmen were Aman, Rahmatullah (69), Utkarsh Bhaskar (59), and Vikas Ranjan (55).


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