SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir continued to disappoint with the bat, resulting in the side suffering second defeat in as many games in the North Zone leg of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Twenty20s. The timid show meant J&K were beaten by strong Delhi side by six wickets Wednesday played at Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh.
The defeat comes day after Services pummeled J&K by seven wickets in what turned out to be lopsided contest at the same venue.
Thanks to a top order failure and terrific left arm spin bowling spell from Varun Sood, J&K were restricted to 119/8 before Delhi had minor hiccups to round off the chase in the 19th over.
On a slow Sector 16 deck, Delhi gave their bowlers chance to have first use of the bowling friendly conditions and they didn’t disappoint their skipper Gautam Gambhir first three J&K batsmen cheaply.
Parwinder Awana accounted for Adil Reshi upfront, and Sumit Narwal removed Vimarsh Kaw next over before Varun Soon spun his magic to have ID Singh’s wicket. Sood continued to impress having Hardeep Singh caught by Gambhir as J&K looked down the barrel at 30/4 in the 9th over.
Skipper Parvez Rasool was the only shinning light in the batting lineup, slamming a brisk 38-ball 44. His refreshing effort was laced with three fours and a solitary six of the J&K’s innings. But, others around him couldn’t last long with wickets falling with much on the board.
The star all-rounder was the 7th one to get out with team score reading at 81 in the 17th over, before Paras Sharma (16) and Samiullah Beigh (15) combined together to take score past 100-run mark.
Besides Sood, seasoned campaigner Rajat Bhatia was also amongst wickets, taking a brace in the middle overs.
J&K had a far better outing with the ball, not letting star studded Delhi batting unit run away with the show. Virendar Sehwag was removed by pacer Abid Nabi having the dashing opener caught by wicketkeeper for a breezy 23 before on a comeback trial pacer castled Gambhir for a 5.
Delhi had a little stutter, but youthful exuberance of Unmukt Chand and calm head of Mithun Manhas drove the chase forward with former scoring a solid 39 and latter 17.
Once the duo were gone, it needed Bhatia’s 16-ball 28 punctuated with a couple of fours and a six to ensure his side get to the target with one over to spare and pocket all of four points from the game.
Abid snared two wickets while Wasim Raza and Ram Dayal took a wicket apiece. Medium pacer Dayal was thrifty in his four over spell, conceding just 9 runs.
J&K take on Haryana today at the same venue and would hope to avoid hattrick of losses in the tournament.
SYED MUSHTAQ ALI TROPHY-NORTH ZONE
Haryana v Jammu & Kashmir
VENUE: Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh
TIME: 09:30 IST