Teamwork helps clinical J&K U-23 team to outplay strong Mumbai

Triumphant J&K U-23 team posing for a photograph after beating Mumbai on Sunday.
Triumphant J&K U-23 team posing for a photograph after beating Mumbai on Sunday.

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 4: Fair selection, sheer-dint of hard work by the players and the support staff, rather the teamwork helped Jammu and Kashmir to register 1-wicket win over strong Mumbai to enter the quarterfinals of the ongoing prestigious Mens Cricket U-23 One Day League and Knockout Cricket Tournament at Kamla Club ground in Kanpur.
Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir won the toss and put Mumbai into bat.
Batting first, Mumbai rode on a magnificent unbeaten century (145) by Aashay Sardesai and scored 297 runs in the stipulated 50 overs. Sidharth Akre also scored valuable 72 runs, while Vaidik Murakar contributed 33 runs to the total. For Jammu and Kashmir, Akash Choudhary took 3 wickets, while Momin Mansoor and Paras Sharma claimed one wicket each.
In reply, J&K managed to chase the target in a thrilling contest on penultimate ball of the match by losing 9 wickets, thus won the match by 1 wicket. Auqib Nabi top scored with 61 runs off 37 balls including 3 fours and 5 sixes, while Fazil Rashid scored 56 off 65 balls, studded with 4 fours and one six. Ahmad Omar Bandey, Akash Choudhary, Muneeb Munaf, skipper Shubham Khajuria and Paras Sharma contributed 38, unbeaten 36, 34 and 25 runs to the total respectively.
The team is being accompanied by Sameer Khajuria as coach, Fayaz Hazare as manager, Karan Nayyar as physio and Mohd Iqbal as trainer, while the team was selected by the then senior selectors of JKCA including Ashwani Gupta (Chairman), Vivek Sharma, Arshid Bhat and Pradeep Bali. Israr Ahmed is the observer from JKCA.