SRINAGAR: After impressing one and all in four-day cricket that saw it make it to the last eight stages for the first time in the Ranji Trophy history, Jammu and Kashmir failed to repeat the magic in the 50-over cricket, losing all four games they played thus far in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014.
One would have thought J&K would improve on their otherwise sluggish 50-over record on back of their memorable show in Ranji Trophy, but that wasn’t to be with J&K thumped by all and sundry in the North Zone group.
The latest defeat came at the hands of Himachal Pradesh in what turned out to be a lopsided encounter in the end at Jamia Millia Cricket Ground, Delhi. This was J&K’s fourth consecutive defeat after losing their fixtures against Delhi, Punjab and Services.
The Parvez Rasool led side didn’t have a solid 50-over campaign last season either, failing to get off the mark.
It was one-way traffic against Himachal Pradesh as well with J&K side failing to put up a show with bat yet again.
Bowlers did well to restrict Himachal Pradesh to 229, but batsmen didn’t apply themselves failing 49 runs short in the chase after bundled out for 180.
Himachal Pradesh batted laboriously to manage a score close to 230-mark. The inning s was largely build around Nikhil Gangta’s effort, who not only held his side together, but contributed major portion of runs.
The 21-year old was unlucky to miss out on a hundred by one run, but gave account of his talent with skill level and stroke-play. The right hander, who came to bat at 4, hit a 116-ball 99 laced with eight fours and a six and was the ninth man to be dismissed.
He found a great support in Rishi Dhawan with pair collecting 91 for the fifth wicket before the mini-collapse saw Himachal Pradesh lose their way to be bowled out for 229. Dhawan made 45.
For J&K, Ram Dayal, Parvez Rasool, Waseem Raza and Raman Dutta claimed a brace of wickets each.
J&K didn’t start their chase well, losing openers inside 5 overs to peg them back. Middle order batsmen got starts but failed to kick on which resulted in J&K’s chase punctured before it could take off.
Bandeep Singh showed form again in his 43, and Parvez looked good for his 28 but didn’t stay long enough to drive the chase forward as their side was shot out inside 43 overs.
J&K handed debut to Imran Haroon and effected several changes in the playing XI, but failed to overturn their fortunes.