Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s woes under new skipper Mithun Manhas seem to have no immediate end with the hosts suffering yet another defeat- second in three fixtures. The latest sorry performance comes against Services who thumped timid hosts by nine wickets inside two days in their Group-C Ranji Trophy match played at Jammu on Friday.
Out of three matches played so far, J&K have lost two matches and played a draw against Kerala and are just ahead off Jharkand and Tripura from bottom with just one point.
Resuming their innings from overnight score of 152/ 3, Services were bowled out for 229 but not before taking a vital 144 lead.
Rajat Paliwal (70) and Yashpal Singh (66) were the successful batsmen for Services, For J&K medium pacers Rohit Sharma and Umar Nazir were the most successful bowler, claiming four wickets each.
J&K second innings started on a disastrous note with opener Adil Reshi getting out without opening his account. J&K could manage only 161, with opener Shubham Khajuria making the sole contribution of any note with 51.
Right arm leg break bowler Khalid Ahmed cleaned up the top order to set up the victory, breaking the fulcrum of hosts’ batting lineup in their second innings. J&K batsmen looked out of sorts and had no clue how to handle spinning deliveries, and, more worryingly, lacked any stomach for fight.
The writing was on the wall with Khalid proving to be the wrecker-n-chief ending the innings with splendid figures of 7 for 61.
Opener Adil Reshi scored just (8, 0) from two innings, and skipper Mithun Manhas has failed to live upto the expectations scoring just 40 runs from four innings with just 20 against Kerala his best so far.
Half of the side was even unable to touch the double figure second time in the match three batsmen even failed to open their account. The score card of J&K teams looks like a mobile number with scores (51,0,0,32,13,25,7,6,0)
Chasing a target of 18 runs, Services achieved the 18 run target in just 3.3 overs losing just one wicket.