Ranji Trophy 2012: Vikramjeet Malik bags five as Himachal Pradesh take control against Jammu and Kashmir

Himachal Pradesh trail Jammu and Kashmir by 149 runs with 10 wickets in hand © AFP

Jammu: Dec 22, 2012

Paceman Vikramjeet Malik returned with a five-wicket haul to bundle out Jammu and Kashmir for a paltry 175 and put Himachal Pradesh in a commanding position on the opening day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Group C match on Friday.

Malik scalped five wickets for 41 runs, while Rishi Dhawan and left-arm spinner Mukesh Sharma picked up two wickets apiece to wreck havoc on J&K batsmen.

Sent into bat, Ram Dayal top-scored for J&K with an unbeaten 35, while Owais Shah and wicket-keeper Obaid Haroon made 34 and 33 respectively.

At stumps, Himachal Pradesh were on 26 for no loss after eight overs in reply to J&K’s first innings total of 175.

Captain Aakash Chopra was unbeaten on 16 while giving him company was Varun Sharma on eight.

Brief Scores: Jammu and Kashmir 175 all out (Ram Dayal 35*; Vikramjeet Malik 5 for 41) lead Himachal Pradesh 26 for no loss by 149 runs