Ankit Rajpoot returned with career-best figures in the Elite Group C encounter against Tripura at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Monday and continued the trend of emerging as the highest wicket-taker in the match for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy season.
The Kings XI Punjab pacer destroyed the opposition in the second innings with 6/25, accounting for the final six wickets. Already reeling at 16/3, Tripura were bundled out for a paltry 60 in 25 overs, with one player absent injured. Imtiaz Ahmed started the downfall scalping the first three batmen as the two bowled unchanged to give the home side a victory by an innings and 384 runs.
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Rajpoot picked up a match haul of 8/67 to take his Ranji tally to 34 wickets in five games, with three fifers, at a remarkable average of 15.02.
Uttar Pradesh Won by an Innings and 384 Runs against Tripura. This is the Largest Margin of Win by any team (by an innings) so far in this Season of #RanjiTrophy— UPCA (@UPCACricket) December 24, 2018
Tripura ALL OUT for 60 in the second innings courtesy of Ankit Rajpoot's career best bowling figures (6/25) pic.twitter.com/Q3bcOt9kTs
After electing to bat first, UP declared at a massive 552/7 courtesy a double ton by Priyam Garg and centuries from Rinku Singh and Akshdeep Nath. In reply, Tripura could only muster up 108 in their first innings with Rajpoot taking 2/42 and Zeeshan Ansari 3/33.
Following on, Tripura had no response to the Ahmed-Rajpoot pace battery with only one batsman reaching double figures. The visitors had ended the second day at 33/4, which meant 16 wickets fell on the third day for just 135 runs as Rajpoot picked up his best figures in First Class cricket.