Excelsior Sports Correspondent
KALYANI (WB), Mar 4: Skipper Parvez Rasool led from the front to help struggling Jammu and Kashmir pass promising middle-order batsman Sheldon Jackson test as he (Rasool) dismissed this talented batsman cheaply and scalped 4 important wickets, besides slamming a cracking half-century alongwith Ramdayal Punia to help their team script an emphatic 23-run win over almost equally balanced Saurashtra in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Group D match, here today.
Earlier, batting first, J&K began the innings on a disastrous note and were struggling at 40/5 in the 15th over at one point of time. With five batsmen among the top six including Ahmed Banday (2), Shubham Khajuria (6), Owais Shah (07), Ian Dev Singh (2) and Puneet Bisht (0), it were skipper Parvez Rasool (53) and bowling all-rounder, Ramdayal (50), who consolidated the innings and took the score to 97 runs in 26.1 overs, before Rasool was dismissed after his classic 48-ball knock. He hit 7 magnificent boundaries in his innings. He was well supported by Ramdayal, who also scored splendid half century off 75 balls, studded with one four and one six. Zahoor Sofi also contributed well made 25 runs to the total. J&K finally managed to score 170 runs in 46 overs.
For Saurashtra, Jaydev Unadkad and Kushang Patel took 3 wickets each, while Sanandia and Prerak Mankad claimed 2 wickets each.
In reply, Jammu and Kashmir bowlers, who bowled well throughout the tournament, hit good areas from the word go and took wickets at regular intervals, thus bundling out the rivals for 147 runs in 34.3 overs, thus lost the match by 23 runs. Prerak Mankad top scored with 47 runs, while Snell Patel and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja contributed 27 and 26 runs to the total respectively. Sanandia chipped in with 20 runs, while dangerous Sheldon Jackson was out for 6 runs. For J&K, off-spinner Parvez Rasool was the pick of the bowlers, who took 4 important wickets by conceding 39 runs in his 10 overs, while leg-spinner, Manik Gupta took 2 wickets by giving away 24 runs in his 4 overs and the best bowler of the tournament so far, Mohd Mudhasir took 2 wickets by conceding 35 runs in 7.3 overs. Ramdayal and Zahoor Sofi also claimed one wicket each.