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Ranji Trophy 2017-18
J&K crushes Jharkhand, registers first win of season
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JAMMU, Nov 12: Finally, Jammu and Kashmir Sunday recorded their first win of the season by defeating hosts Jharkhand by 106 runs in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 tie played at Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur.

However, it was certain that both J&K and Jharkhand were out of contention for a quarter-final berth with one game to play.

Aziz picked up five second-innings wickets to take his match tally to 9 for 149 as Jharkhand, who began briskly in a steep final-day chase of 350, were bowled out for 243 in 49.4 overs. The openers Ishan Kishan (52) and Mohammad Nazim Siddique (38) added 87 in 11.5 overs to give their chase a fillip. While chasing, the whole team was bundled out for just 243 runs, handing J&K 106-run win.

Set a target of 350 for a come-from-behind victory, Jharkhand were undone by the spin duo of Parvez Rasool and Aamir Aziz, who picked up five wickets apiece to send the hosts packing for 243 in their second innings at Keenan Stadium.

Having opened up an 84-run lead on the first innings, J&K kicked on from their overnight 246 for 7 to reach 265 for 9 when they declared their innings closed, 29 deliveries into the day. That left Jharkhand with 83 overs to either chase down the target or survive and come away with one point.

The home side made a strong fist of it initially through Ishan Kishan and Mohammad Nazim Siddiqui. Adopting an aggressive approach, the duo put on 87 for the first wicket in just 68 deliveries before the offspin of Rasool fetched J&K the breakthrough. Wickets tumbled in the immediacy of Kishan’s dismissal for a 56-ball 52 as Rasool and Aziz, the left-arm spinner, ran amok.

Having lost six wickets for 57 runs and finding themselves at 144 for 6 in only the 26th over with the cream of their batting lopped off, Jharkhand appeared headed for a massive defeat when Utkarsh Singh, the No. 3, was joined by Shahbaz Nadeem. They briefly raised hopes of a fightback by putting on 76 for the eighth wicket when Rasool trapped Utkarsh in front for a steady 47. Nadeem hit out boldly in making 53 off 69 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes, but the tail was left with too much to do and Jharkhand’s entertaining chase came to an end in the 50th over when Rasool had last man Sonu Kumar Singh stumped to trigger celebrations in the J&K camp.

Rasool finished with 5 for 99 from 20.4 overs while Aziz’s 5 for 63 gave him match figures of 9 for 147.

J&K rose to No. 4 on the table with nine points from five games, while Jharkhand remained stuck on eight points, also from five games, to be at No. 5. Points: Jharkhand 0, Jammu & Kashmir 6.


News Updated at : Monday, November 13, 2017
 
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