Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 20: Former skipper and off-spinner Parvez Rasool’s 10 wicket haul by giving 85 runs, while Abdul Samad’s ton and Qamran Iqbal’s 96 runs, besides role of all-rounder Abid Mushtaq and batters Jatin Wadhawan and Shubham Singh Pundir helped J&K to register 8-wicket win over Pondicherry in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group-C match at SSN College Ground, Chennai, today.
The teamwork and brilliant exhibition of decision making made all the difference.
Earlier, resuming from an overnight score of 113/9, Pondicherry bundled out for 124 runs, thus setting a target of 42 runs for J&K. Sagar V Trivedi top scored with 37 runs, while Pavan Deshpande scored 21 runs. Paras Dogra contributed 16 runs.
For J&K, Parvez Rasool was the wrecker-in-chief, who captured 6 important wickets by conceding 29 runs in his 19.5 overs, while left-arm spinner Abid Mushtaq took 2 wickets by giving away 28 runs in his 12 overs. Umran Malik and Auqib Nabi claimed one wicket each.
Chasing a meagre target of 42 runs, J&K completed the formality in 12.4 overs, losing 2 wickets, thus won the match by 8 wickets, however, lost the initiative of earning a bonus point, which could have been achieved by scripting 10-wicket victory. Openers Qamran and Jatin lost their wickets cheaply. Shubham Singh Pundir remained unbeaten on 21 runs, while skipper Ian Dev Singh finished the match in style, hitting a massive sixe off the only ball he faced. For Pondicherry, Sagar P Udeshi took both the wickets.
J&K earned 6 points with this win and stands on top of the points table.
JKCA members namely Brig Anil Gupta, Advocate Sunil Sethi and Cricketer Mithun Manhas sent congratulatory messages to the team for this important win.