Anbkur Malik becomes first Sikkim player to score 100 and take five wickets

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Anbkur Malik becomes first Sikkim player to score 100 and take five wickets


Sikkim in control against Arunachal Pradesh in Ranji Trophy

 GANGTOK, : Sikkim seized control of the Ranji Trophy group stage clash against Arunachal Pradesh by establishing a commanding 446-run first innings lead on Saturday.

The day belonged to 20-year-old Ankur Malik, who became the first Sikkim player to achieve the remarkable feat of scoring a century and taking five wickets in the same match.

Ankur hit a brilliant unbeaten 100 off just 101 balls to help Sikkim register a mammoth 544/7 in the first innings. The leg-spinner then spun a web around Arunachal batsmen to claim an impressive 5 for 27. 

Resuming from the overnight score of 307-5, Palzor Tamang and Saurav Kumar Prasad put on 129 runs for the sixth wicket.

But any Arunachal hope that a wicket might slow the flow of runs proved unfounded as the dismissal of Palzor for well-played 86 only succeeded in bringing Ankur to the crease, who hit 13 and a six fours in a 101-ball hundred and formed a formidable partnership of 132 runs with Saurav.

Saurav also scored a brilliant 119 of his own as Sikkim recorded first instance of three centuries in a single innings. Sikkim skipper Nilesh Lamichey had scored 103 on Day 1.

On the bowling front, Ankur’s magical spell in the 17th over proved devastating for Arunachal Pradesh. The leg-spinner dismissed Rahul Popli, Siddharth Balodi, and Licha Jhon in a span of four balls. Off-spinner Lee Yong Lepcha joined the onslaught by dismissing Doria three balls later, as Arunachal Pradesh lost six wickets for a mere 34 runs.

With the exception of captain Ayush Awasthi who hit 48, none of Arunachal batsmen looked comfortable against the relentless bowling attack from Sikkim.     


Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi