Mujtaba Yousuf overwhelms Chandila ton; helps J&K seize advantage

Haryana batsman making valiant effort to save himself from getting run-out in Ranji Trophy match at Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Haryana batsman making valiant effort to save himself from getting run-out in Ranji Trophy match at Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Ranji Trophy Elite Group-C

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 13: Brilliant six-wicket haul by debutant left-arm medium-pacer Mujtaba Yousuf helped Jammu and Kashmir gain the upper-hand against Haryana, despite a magnificent century by Pramod Chandila, on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group C match at GGM Science College Hostel ground, here today.
Earlier, replying to J&K’s first innings total of 340 runs, Haryana were dismissed for 291 in 89.1 overs to concede a 49-run lead.
Earlier, resuming from an overnight score of 2/1, Haryana at one stage were struggling at 66/4 in 16.5 overs as the trio of Mujtaba Yousuf, Abid Mushtaq and Auqib Nabi did the trick, dismissing Ajit Chahal (16), Chaitanya Bishnoi (4) and YR Sharma (18).
Opener Ankit Kumar (63) and Pramod Chandila (119) came together to steady the ship and put on 120 runs for the fifth wicket.
The two mixed caution with aggression and defied the J&K attack, playing some superb shots.
Left-arm Spinner Abid Mushtaq (2/66) broke the stubborn partnership, trapping Ankit Kumar leg-before wicket for 63 runs.
Chandila then found an able partner in wicket-keeper Rohit Sharma, who made 41 (85 balls, 4 fours). The duo forged a 73-run partnership to push the score along.
Medium-pacer Aquib Nabi got the breakthrough, dismissing Sharma caught by substitute Henan Nazir before Yousuf dismissed dangerous looking Chandila caught by another substitute Waseem Raza to end his stay. Chandila had a long stay at wicket, facing 216 balls for his 119, hitting 9 fours and 1 six.
Yousuf then ran through the lower order, getting the last three wickets including that of captain Harshal Patel (0) to hand the home team the advantage going into day three of the contest. Yousuf was the wrecker-in-chief, who took 6 wickets by conceding 49 runs in his 12.1 overs.
With this vital first innings, Jammu and Kashmir is all set to make it to the quarterfinals. However, Haryana’s outright victory in this match and Services 7-point win against Chhattisgarh, besides Odisha’s win over Jharkhand is the only situation which can stop Jammu and Kashmir from making it to the last eight stage.
Brief scores (at end of day 2): Jammu & Kashmir 340 all out in 87 overs (Shubham Singh Pundir 84, Shubham Kajuria 62, Parvez Rasool 49, Ramdayal 43; Rahul Tewatia 7/98) vs Haryana 291 all out in 89.1 overs (Pramod Chandilla 119, Ankit Kumar 63, R P Sharma 41; Mujtaba Yousuf 6/49).
At Guwahati: Tripura 497 all out in 117.4 overs (M B Mura Singh 118, AA Sinha 90, Pratyush Singh 63, Milind 53, Harmeet Singh 41; Ranjeet Mali 5/114) vs Assam 162 for 1 in 59 overs (Rishav Das 88 batting, Gokul Sharma 39 batting).
At Baramati: Maharashtra 207 all out in 49.4 overs (A Palkar 60, V V More 59, N S Shaikh 47; Agrim Tiwari 3/49, Pradeep Chamoli 3/52) and 140 for 2 in 46 overs (Ankit Bawane 50 batting, Swapnil Fulpagar 40 batting) vs Uttarakhand 251 all out in 38 overs (Kamal Singh 101, Saurabh Rawat 49, Vaibhav Bhatt 33; Satyajit Bachhav 4/71).
At Cuttack: Odisha 436 all out in 146.2 overs (Debasish Samantray 156, Biplab Samantaray 74, Anurag Sarangi 65; Ashish Kumar 6/79) vs Jharkhand 71 for 2 in 24 overs (Kumar Suraj 42 batting).
At Raipur: Chhattisgarh 179 all out in 52.1 overs (Amandeep Khare 97; Raushan Raj 4/53) and 17 for no loss Services 398 all out in 107 overs (Rahul Singh Gahlaut 115, Rajat Paliwal 91; Puneet Datey 5/60).