Rafiq A Wani
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir had to taste second consecutive defeat, this time by a narrow margin of two runs at the hands of Services in a nail biting match on Saturday in their the north zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy played at Palam A Ground, Model Sports Complex,Delhi.
The loss is second in as many games after the Parvez Rasool led side were beaten by Delhi in the first game.
Thanks to the wet out field, the game was reduced to a 32-over-a-side which turned out to be a close contest, with J&K falling short after putting up a fighting effort with the bat during a tricky.
A chase of 172 at an average of 5.34 runs per over failed to take off early in the piece with JK’s half a side back in hut, just 72 runs on the board. In search of quick runs, top order lost wickets and couldn’t construct their innings.
With J&K in doldrums, the experience of Hardeep Singh came into fore who alongwith Bandeep Singh drove the chase forward. The duo collected added 77 for the sixth wicket and took their side within the reach of a target. Hardeep was yet again bedrock of batting making 60 while Bandeep scored 55.
Once the pair was separated, J&K floundered losing wickets in clusters to be all out for 169 in the final over, falling two short of the target. Either side of Bandeep-Hardeep show, there was nothing to show for the J&K with eight of its batsmen failing to reach double figures including three ducks.
For Services A Sinha and S Yadav were the pick of the bowlers claiming four and three wickets respectively.
Earlier,J&K skipper Parvez Rasool won the toss and invited Services to bat. Services were limited to 171 losing eight wickets in their allotted 32 overs. Middle order batsman RS Paliwal with 54 runs was the successful batsman for services.
For J&K, the spin duo Waseem Raza and Parvez Rasool and medium pacer Ram Dayal bagged two wickets each.
Services 171 for 8 in 32 overs (RS Paliwal 54, Waseem Raza 2 wickets, Parvez Rasool 2 wickets, Ram Dayal 2 wickets) beat J&K 169 all out (Hardeep Singh 60, Bandeep Singh 55) by 2 runs.