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Vadodara: Jan 9, 2014
Talking to media persons at the end of the second day’s play here, Rasool said: “I’m happy with my batting, I made 103 runs but I’m disappointed that my team’s efforts to take a first innings lead failed and we conceded a marginal 27 runs 1st innings lead to Punjab.”
“At one stage, we thought of taking a vital lead over them.
“However, the way our bowlers dismissed the opening pair of Punjab in the second innings with a total of 15 runs, I am sure they will repeat the performance tomorrow as this pitch has been very helpful to the fast bowlers,” Rasool added.
Rasool today led from the front with a gutsy 103 off 137 balls as Jammu and Kashmir fought back gallantly to score 277 in reply to Punjab’s first innings score of 304.
J&K then reduced Punjab to 15 for two in their second innings to leave their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match evenly poised.
Briefing the media, Sandeep Sharma of Punjab said: “Despite losing two quick wickets in the second innings today, we will try to achieve a target of 300 runs in the second knock. The way this pitch is taking turn, it will be difficult for our rivals to reach that target, ” he added.
Harbhajan, however, praised the rival team members for their spirited performance.
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