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Excelsior Sports Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Aug 5: Explosive opening batsman Ahmad Banday was in awe-inspiring touch to score a magnificent half-century today, thus breaking the jinx of not getting his rhythm right in the Talent Hunt 2022 as the match between JKCA B1 and B3 hangs in balance in the ongoing Senior Men’s Multi-Day Tournament at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium Sonawar, Srinagar today.
The second day’s play was washed out at both the venues in Jammu in this ‘Cricket for Peace Tournament’, being organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) at various venues across the Union Territory.
At Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Srinagar, winning the toss and batting first, JKCA B3 scored 202 in 61.3 overs in their first innings. Ahmad Banday who was searching for his form, found it today and scored magnificent 58 runs off 74 balls, studded with 8 delectable boundaries and one massive six, while Zaman Qayoom, Zaid Mohammad and Asif Khan contributed 39, 38 and 30 runs to the total respectively.
For JKCA B1, Yasir Bhat was the pick of the bowlers who took 3 wickets by conceding 27 runs in his 9.3 overs, while Imtiyaz Ganie and Wasim Bashir bagged 2 wickets each.
In reply, JKCA B1 were 56/2 in 11 overs at the draw of stumps on day-1 today. Jiyaad Magray was unbeaten on power-packed 36 runs, while Fazil Rashid was at the crease on 2 runs. Mohammad Shahdad (15) and Sheikh Usaid (02) were the batsmen sent back to the pavilion.
For JKCA B3, Mohammad Mudhasir and Umar Nazir claimed one wicket each.
The match was officiated by Hilal Mir and Faizan Fayaz as the Umpires, while Azmin Farooq and Umar Wani were the scorers.