November 2, 2000

Bihar crush Sikkim by innings and 88 runs

Bihar scored a crushing innings and 88 run win over Assam on the second day of their East Zone Under-14 Tournament match at the Keenan Ground in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. Bihar with this outright win earned eight points.

Having taken a handsome 148 run lead in the first innings, Bihar bundled out Sikkim for just 60 runs in 27.2 overs. Only two of Sikkim's batsmen, Bimal Singh (11) and S Rai (12) managed to reach double figures. While Santosh Kumar (2 for 10) rattled the Sikkim top order, S Nadeem (3 for 13) and Madan Kumar (3 for 13) ripped through the middle and lower order.

Earlier, on the opening day, opting to bat Sikkim were all out for a paltry 79 with only three batsmen, opener HD Bhutia (19), Bimal Singh (16) and D Chettri (12) getting into double figures. Opening bowler Santosh Kumar (4 for 22) and Madan Kumar (4 for 11) ran through the Sikkim batting order. In reply, Bihar put up 227 on the board with useful contributions from Sukhbinder Singh (48), Arvind Jha (29) and Jeetender Kumar (21).