Tripura registered a thumping ten-wicket win against Nagaland in the league match of the Vijay Hazare plate group to propel them to four wins in as many games in the fifty-over domestic competition.
M Murasingh wreaked havoc with the ball and scalped five wickets to help Tripura bundle the opposition for 48 runs in 14 overs. In reply, the opening combination of Samit Gohil and SM Singha chased down the target in 10.1 overs. This performance enabled Tripura to improve its net run-rate to 2.739, which is ahead of Meghalaya's 1.475.
In the other encounter, Meghalaya showcased tremendous grit to overcome Mizoram's spirited challenge to record their fourth successive win in the tournament. Punit Bisht smashed a sublime 142 off 129 deliveries studded with 20 fours and one six to help Meghalaya post 237 runs.
Uday Kaul waged a lone battle for Manipur with a knock of 109 off 123 balls with ten boundaries and a solitary six in pursuit of the target. However, the skipper of the side failed to get much support from the batters resulting in the side falling agonisingly short by 19 runs.
Meghalaya and Tripura will face off on Tuesday to decide the team that will advance to the next stage.
Nagaland 48 all out in 14 overs (M Murasingh 5/19) lost to Tripura 50 for no loss in 10.1 overs (Samrat Singha 32 not out) by 10 wickets. Tripura: 4 points, Nagaland: 0.
Meghalaya 237 all out in 49 overs (Punit Bisht 142, D Ravi Teja 42, Taruwar Kohli 4/37) beat Mizoram 218 for 7 in 50 overs (Uday Kaul 109 by 19 runs. Meghalaya: 4 points, Mizoram: 0.
Arunachal Pradesh 116 all out in 45 overs (Nazeeb Saiyed 47, Akhilesh Sahani 26 not out, Bishworjit Konthoujam 5/11) lost to Manipur 117 for 2 in 23.4 overs (Johnson Singh 39 not out) by eight wickets. Manipur: 4 points, Arunachal: 0.
Sikkim 193 for 9 in 50 overs (Liyan Khan 31, Palzor Tamang 31, Ashutosh Aman 4/37, Shashi Shekhar 2/29) lost to Bihar 194 for 3 in 36.5 overs (Bipin Saurabh 92 not out, Mahrour 49) by seven wickets. Bihar: 4 points, Sikkim: 0.
(With inputs from PTI)