Rasool, Aziz spin J&K to first win

Sports Desk/Srinagar
November 13, 2017 SPORTS 113 Views
Rasool, Aziz spin J&K to first win

Jammu and Kashmir recorded their first win of the season as they crushed Jharkhand by 106 runs on the fourth and final day of their Group B Ranji Trophy encounter in Jamshedpur on Sunday (November 12).
Set a target of 350 for a come-from-behind victory, Jharkhand were undone by the spin duo of Parveez Rasool and Aamir Aziz, who both picked up five wickets apiece to send the home side packing for 243 in their second innings at the Keenan Stadium.
Having opened up an 84-run lead on the first innings, J&K kicked on from their overnight 246 for 7 to reach 265 for 9 when they declared their innings closed, 29 deliveries into the day. That left Jharkhand with 83 overs to either chase down the target or survive and come away with one point.
The hosts made a strong fist of it initially through Ishan Kishan and Mohammad Nazim Siddiqui. Adopting an aggressive approach, the duo put on 87 for the first wicket in just 68 deliveries with the offspin of Rasool fetched J&K the first breakthrough. Wickets tumbled in the immediacy of Kishan’s dismissal for a 56-ball 52 as Rasool and Aziz, the left-arm spinner, ran amok.
Having lost 6 for 57 and finding themselves at 144 for 6 in only the 26th over with the cream of their batting having been lopped off, Jharkhand appeared headed for a massive defeat when Utkarsh Singh, the No. 3, was joined by Shahbaz Nadeem. They briefly raised hopes of a fightback by putting on 76 for the eighth wicket when Rasool trapped Utkarsh in front for a steady 47. Nadeem hit out boldly in making 53 off 69 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes, but the tail was left with too much to do and Jharkhand’s entertaining chase came to an end in the 50th over when Rasool had last man Sonu Kumar Singh stumped to trigger celebrations in the J&K camp.
Rasool finished with 5 for 99 from 20.4 overs while Aziz’s 5 for 63 gave him match figures of 9 for 147.
The six points from this game lifted J&K to nine points from five games, while Jharkhand remained stuck on eight points, also from five games.

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