Cooch Behar U-19 Cricket Tournament
Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 22: Riding on splendid half-centuries by Abdul Samad and Musaif Ajaz, Jammu and Kashmir scored 194 runs off 55.5 overs in their first innings of the 4-day match of Cooch Behar Under-19 Boys Cricket Tournament, being hosted by the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) at GGM Science College Hostel ground, here.
In reply, Assam were 41/3 in 19.5 overs in their first essay at stumps on Day-1 today.
Earlier, batting first, Jammu and Kashmir started the innings on a disastrous note, losing both the openers within 3 overs as the opening duo of Assam medium pacers Dasarath Kumar and Bhibakar Nag removed J&K’s opening pair of Idrees Nisar and Rhythem Mahajan respectively for 4 runs each. At this stage J&K were struggling at 8/2. However, after skipper Kanhaiya Wadhawan fell cheaply at his individual score of 7 runs and team’s total of 21/3 in 5.4 overs, it was explosive Abdul Samad and serene Musaif Ajaz who took the score to 95/4 in 18.3 overs before Samad was dismissed at his individual score of 64 runs, studded with 10 delectable boundaries and one massive six.
Yawer joined Musaif in the ninth over of the innings and the pair took the score to 146/5 before Yawer fell for 21 runs including 3 boundaries. Musaif continued his serenity and composure but fell short of his partners as Kawal Preet was dismissed for zero at the team’s total of 156/6 in 41.4 overs. Musaif was the next man to be dismissed for 62 runs off 112 balls including 9 crispy boundaries. The team’s total at this stage was 168/ 7 in 45. J&K innings folded at 194 runs as Mujtaba Yousuf (16), Marutwan (1) and Abhay Tandon (8) could not last long. Basit Bashir remained unbeaten on one.
Assam speedsters Dasarath Kumar and Vibhakar Nag shared 9 wickets, with Dasarath claiming 5 important wickets by conceding 42 runs in his 15 overs, while Vibhakar captured 4 wickets in his 11.5 overs by giving away 54 runs. Abdul Ajij Kuraishi also claimed one wicket.
In reply, Assam were 41/3 when inclement weather conditions forced the umpires to stop play. Denish Das and Shavam Mittal were at the crease with (4) and (zero) respectively. Nibir Deka (1), Bishal Saha (11) and Nihir Deka (16) were the batsmen sent back to pavilion.
From J&K, Basit Bashir took 2 wickets by conceding 14 runs in his 8 overs, whiler Yousuf Mujtaba claimed one wicket by giving away 17 runs in his 7 overs.