Rafiq A Wani
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir came so near to break the losing streak in the North Zone leg of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but fail in the final as Punjab beat them in the super over finish in their last game of the tourney played at PCA, Mohali.
Thanks to skipper Parvez Rasool’s batting heroics; J&K gave their best batting effort in the tournament to match Punjab’s score of 144 that prompted a super over finish. Punjab managed to scale down the target of 13 in the super over ensuring J&K had a winless campaign after beaten in the first four games.
Parvez was the star of the show with both bat and ball, taking 3 for 17 to restrict Punjab to 144 before wielding his willow to hit 39-ball 52 laced with four fours and a brace of sixes which played a pivotal role in J&K squaring the Punjab score.
J&K were in the striking distance of their first win, but Pranav Gupta’s run-out off the last ball denied them their maiden victory. Vimarsh Kaw was another notable scorer for J&K, but consumed 36-balls for his 31. Abid Nabi blasted 15-ball 27, but once he was the fifth man to get out with J&K needing just 11 off 15 balls, there was a precession of wickets that slumped J&K from pole position.
Thanks to Gitansh Khera’s 22-ball 37 and solid contributions from Gurkeerat Singh and Mayank Sidhana, Punjab were able to post a solid 114 for 8 in their allotted overs. Besides Parvez, leggie Wasim Raza made impression with the ball taking two wickets.
Punjab finished third in the tourney.
J&K had to be contend with wooden spoon finishing last in their group.
The winless campaign comes after J&K failed to win a single game in 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Cricket fans were hopeful of a turnaround in J&K cricket after a last eight finish in Ranji Trophy 2014, but all that came to nothing with Parvez Rasool led side failing to win a single game in the limited overs’ format.
BRIEF SCORES: Jammu and Kashmir 144 all-out (Parvez Rasool 52, Abid Nabi 27) tied with Punjab 144/8 (Gitansh Khera 37, Parvez Rasool 3/17)
SUPER OVER RESULT: 13/0 beat J&K 12/1