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GANGTOK,: Sikkim suffered their third loss on the trot in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as Chandigarh routed the Himalayan State by 131 runs at Chennai today.
Chasing a massive 204, Sikkim were restricted to 73 runs in 20 overs.
After winning the toss, Chandigarh put up 204-6 on board. The experienced Chandigarh batting line up took on Sikkim bowlers right from the start. Captain Manan Vohra and Arslan Z. Khan provided a flying start scoring 37 runs in just 3.1 overs.
Then arrived Shivam Bambri, the first cricketer to score a century on his Twenty20 and first-class debuts. The 25-year-old scored 75 runs off 46 balls and stitched a 73-run partnership with Bipul Sharma. Sharma, who played a season with Sikkim in 2018-19, scored a quick-fire 42 to take Chandigarh past the 200-mark.
Varun Sood, Pazor Tamang and Nitesh Kumar Gupta grabbed two wickets apiece for Sikkim.
Gupta was the most economical among the Sikkim bowlers. While five other bowlers went for over 10 runs an over, Gupta kept his economy rate well below 6. The right-arm medium pacer returned with an impressive figure of 2-23 from his four-over spell.
Chasing 204 was always going to be a difficult task for Sikkim with its struggling batting line-up.
The highlanders lost both their openers with just nine runs on board. Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Sharma dismissed Ashish Thapa and Bibek Diyali in his consecutive overs.
Lee Yong Lepcha, who was promoted to number 3, continuously negotiated the defensive tactics. The vice-captain played out 32 balls for his 9 runs before going down the ground for a big shot in the 12th over. However, the right-hander ended up missing the delivery and got stumped.
Varun Sood remained not out on 34 as Sikkim finished off their quota of 20 overs with 73 runs for the loss of four wickets.
With one win and three losses in four matches, Sikkim are presently at 6th in the Plate Group. Chandigarh are second in the points table behind Bihar (16 points).