SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir’s dreadful 50-over cricket in Vijay Hazare trophy came to an end on a sad note, getting yet another hammering to make it five defeats in as many games to undo the good work they had done in four-day cricket early this season having reached to the quarters for the first time in Ranji Trophy 2013-14.
The terrific four-day had raised hopes among J&K cricket fans of an improved show in the 50-over cricket, but it turned to be a damp squib with team failing to get off the mark in five North Zone group encounters. It for the third season running that J&K team hasn’t been able to record a single win in their 50-over format campaign.
The things didn’t change at Jamia Millia Ground; Delhi with Haryana thumping J&K by 44 runs in what was a lopsided affair.
The game was reduced to 20 overs but couldn’t alter J&K’s fortunes. J&K skipper Parvez Rasool won the toss and invited Haryana to bat. Haryana scored briskly to posts 152 on the board with skipper R Dewan emerging as the top scorer, contributing 45. Wicket keeper batsman N Saini contributed unbeaten 42 runs. Off spinner Parvez was the successful bowler for J&K claiming three wickets conceding 34 runs in his five over spell.
J&K openers Adil Reshi and Imran Haroon provided a rocking start adding 30 runs for the first wicket partnership in just three overs.
Once Adil departed for 12, J&K had a familiar middle order collapse which saw them getting reduced to 40/4 in a span of 16 balls.
At one stage it looked J&K would fail to cross three digit mark but lower order batsman Waseem Raza played a face saving 33 run knock to took J&K total to 108, falling short by 44 runs.