1st NE Friendship Tournament: Meghalaya go down by 6 wkts to Manipur

U-25 Men State A Trophy: Meghalaya taken down by Karnataka

Shillong: Meghalaya lost their second Group A match of the 1st North East Inter State Friendship Tournament by six wickets to Manipur in Nagaland today.

Meghalaya were dismissed for 178 in 48.3 overs and Manipur wrapped up a supreme all-round performance by scoring 182/4 in 38.1 overs.

Both teams had already qualified for the semifinals but Manipur went through as the top team from Group A, with Meghalaya second.

Batting first, Meghalaya got off to a good start with Kishan Lyngdoh and Raj Biswa making 47 for the first wicket before the former was caught for 37. Arien Bonchang Sangma took on the mantle and played a great knock.

Sangma brought up his half-century off 88 deliveries with Meghalaya on 127/4 but was unfortunately bowled for 55.

The other batters were unable to mount much of a resistance and Meghalaya were all out for a sub-par 178.

Akash K Choudhary picked up a wicket in only his second over thanks to a sharp catch by Swarajeet Das inside the circle to put Manipur on 22/1 but they regrouped and the second wicket pair put on 53 runs before Sanvert Kurkalang trapped Longjam M lbw.

A series of wickets at this point could have turned the game in favour of Meghalaya but Manipur battled once again and reached 100 in under 19 overs without further loss.

A couple more wickets did fall, though – Arbin Singh had another Manipur batter caught in the 24th over and Das smashed the stumps of Langlonyamba (50) with Manipur just 9 runs away from victory.

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