Karn Sharma has been in good form this season © Getty Images
Karn Sharma has been in good form this season © Getty Images

Alur (Karnataka): Left-arm spinner Ashish Yadav scalped three batsmen as Railways defended a modest total of 200, eking out a 43-run win over Jammu and Kashmir in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match. Skipper Karn Sharma top scored with a 60-run knock as Railways put on board 200 after being invited to bat at KSCA Cricket Ground. Arindam Ghosh (36) and Mahesh Rawat (32) were the other two batsmen who out up some resistance against the J&K bowlers. J&K’s left-arm spinner Waseem Raza (4 for 31) took four wickets and Rohit Sharma two in a splendid show after winning the toss. However, the batsmen could not compliment the good work done by the bowlers and were bundled out for 157 in 43.5 overs.

Wicket-keeper batsman Ian Dev Singh Chauchan scored a fighting 60-run knock and skipper Parvez Rasool managed 30 but others struggled badly. It was third successive loss for J&K side as they lost to Haryana and Jharkhand before this contest. Karn has been in outstanding form with both bat and especially ball in the ongoing Indian domestic season. However, given the immense success enjoyed by India’s current spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, and Akshar Patel, it seems highly unlikely that he will get a national recall any time soon.

Brief Scores:

Railways 200 in 49.4 overs (Karn Sharama 60, Arindam Ghosh 36, Mahesh Rawat 32; Wasim Raza 4 for 31) beat Jammu & Kashmir 157 in 43.5 overs (Ian Dev Singh Chauhan 60, Parvez Rasool 30; Ashish Yadav 3 for 28) by 43 runs.