Rafiq A Wani
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir continue to give dismal performance, losing their fourth game on the bounce in the North Zone leg of a North Zone leg match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
The latest defeat came at the hands of Himachal Pradesh, losing it by 17 runs. The game followed the same pattern as was seen in the first three games, with batsmen failing to back their bowlers’ solid show.
Bowlers did well to contain Himachal Pradesh to 127/8 but batsmen lacked skill and discipline to shot out for 110 in 19.3 overs.
Asked to have a bat first, Himachal Pradesh huffed and puffed on a spin friendly Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali deck to reach 127-mark. J&K bowling was led by their spin duo of Wasim Raza and skipper Parvez Rasool snaring three and two wickets respectively. Pacer Mehjoor Ali and Samiullah Beigh took a wicket each.
For HP, all-rounder Rishi Dhawan was the star act with the bat scoring a solid 40-ball 44 laced with a single four.
Chasing the paltry target, one expected J&K to make it count and get their side to a maiden win on the tour, but it wasn’t to be. J&K batsmen crumbled in front of the pace trio of Akshay Chauhan (4 for 16), Rishi Dhawan (2 for 24) and Vikramjeet Malik (2 for 28) to slump to their fourth consecutive defeat in the event.
Abid Nabi (39) and Pranav Gupta (28) provided some sort of resistance for J&K but it was not enough to sail them home.
J&K were earlier beaten by Delhi, Services and Haryana.
Parvez led side faces Punjab in their last fixture today and a whitewash is on the cards taking in view the performance of J&K.
BRIEF SCORE: Himachal Pradesh 127/8 in 20 overs ( R Dhawan 44,V Malik 17, W Raza 3/ 21) beat J&K 110/ 8 ( Abid Nabi 39,P Gupta 28,A Chauhan 4/16) by 17 runs.
SYED MUSHTAQ ALI TROPHY: NORTH ZONE
JAMMU AND KASHMIR Vs Punjab
TIME: 09:30 AM