RAFIQ A WANI
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir’s campaign in the North Zone leg of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy has gone to bad from worse, after it suffered third consecutive defeat in as many days in the tourney. The latest defeat came against Haryana, following the same pattern as was the case in the first two fixtures.
Bat first, huff and puff to an under-par score before bowlers show promise only to lament the lack of runs as opposition chases the target without much fuss.
Thursday game wasn’t any different. J&K managed just managed to post 122/8 after choosing to bat first with Haryana chasing down the score in the 19th over to win the game by seven wickets to ensure Parvez Rasool led side continue on a losing spree.
After a promising show in the four-day Ranji Trophy season, J&K had a torrid time in 50-over cricket, losing all their five games in Vijay Hazare Trophy and if things don’t change drastically, a repeat could well be on cards.
Yet again ditto to the first two games, J&K batters failed big time with only Parvez and debutant Ishtiyaq Rasool showing fight and class to score substantially. Rest around the duo didn’t make an impression, barring Samiullah Beigh’s late flourish that drove the score past 120-mark.
Joginder Sharma was the star act with the ball, reducing J&K 0-2 in the first over before making it 3-23 when he had out of sorts of Ian Dev Singh caught behind. In between the wicket fest, Ishtiyaq was a fresh of breath air launching some terrific strokes on his way to 23-ball 29, laced with half a dozen fours. Sharma didn’t let Ishtiyaq show go on, removing the debutant to have J&K reeling at 40-4 inside seven overs.
Parvez, though, continued with good form with the bat, making sure he steadied his side’s ship and didn’t let score rate stagnate. He hit four fours on his way to 31-ball 35 and after his dismissal Beigh slammed a 16-ball 22 to give his team something to bowl at.Sharma had an excellent figures of 4/14 from four overs.
Haryana had a decent beginning to their chase adding 42 for the first wicket, with Avi Barot scoring a solid 52. Abid Nabi was the pick of the bowlers yet again claiming both the openers.
Sachin Rana hit a 30 as Haryana scaled down the target at the end of 19 overs.
J&K take on Himachal Pradesh today at PCA, Mohali.
BRIEF SCORES: Haryana 123/3 in 19 overs (A Barot 52, S Rana 30*, Abid Nabi 2/26) beat J&K 122/8 in 20 overs (Parvez Rasool 35, Ishtiyaq Rasool 29,Joginder Sharma 4/14)
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy-North Zone
JAMMU AND KASHMIR VERSUS HIMACHAL PRADESH
TIME: 09:30 AM