Parvez Rasool was adjudged Man of the Match © PTI
Parvez Rasool was adjudged Man of the Match © PTI

At Jamshedpur: Jammu & Kashmir finally opened their account in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. Captain Parvez Rasool was awarded Man of the Match for his all-round display, scoring 73 runs and taking 7 wickets in the match.

After electing to bat first, Jammu & Kashmir posted 376 all-out. It was Shubham Khajuria’s 101 that cemented a solid foundation. Although there was a brief collapse, Owais Shah and Puneet Bisht led the resurgence and scored 84 and 115 respectively. Varun Aaron was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 54.

In reply Jharkhand audaciously declared on 292 for 9, and it backfired. Jammu & Kashmir batsmen left nothing to chance and plundered 265 in 65 overs. Rasool bludgeoned runs at 94.5, and set the stage for his bowlers. Little did he know that he himself would take half the wickets. The other wrecker was Aamir Aziz, taking 5 for 63.

Jammu & Kashmir are now at the fourth spot in Group B, while Jharkhand are one place below them.

Brief scores:

Jammu & Kashmir 376 (Shubham Khajuria 101, Puneet Bisht 115; Varun Aaron  for 54) & 265/9 decl. (Parvez Rasool 70, Owais Shah 50) beat Jharkhand 292/9 decl. (Nazim Siddiqui 70; Aamir Aziz 4 for 84) & 243 (Shahbaz Nadeem 53; Aami Aziz 5 for 63, Parvez Rasool 5 for 99) by 106 runs.

At Rajkot: The contest between Saurashtra and Gujarat ended in a draw. With this, Saurashtra maintain their top spot, while Gujarat are at the second spot.

In a run-sprinkling match, Saurashtra blasted 570 in the first innings, thanks to centuries by Snell Patel and Cheteshwar Pujara. Amidst the barrage of runs, Siddharth Desai took 4 for 154.

Gujarat’s reply was powered by centuries from Priyank Panchal and Ruju Bhatt. Jaydev Unadkat finished with a four-for, giving Saurashtra a 157-run lead. Given the amount of time the batsmen took to pile on runs, it was obvious that the match was heading towards a draw.

Brief scores:

Saurashtra 570 (Snell Patel 156, Cheteshwar Pujara 182; Siddharth Desai 4 for 154) & 98 for 1 (Robin Uthappa 64; Siddharth Desai 1 for 40) drew with Gujarat 413 (Priyank Panchal 145, Ruju Bhatt 107; Jaidev Unadkat 4 for 83).

At Rohtak: A low-scoring contest between Haryana and Rajasthan ended in a draw. Needing 253 to win, smog came to Rajasthan’s rescue when they were tottering at 37 for 4.

Haryana were bundled out for 223. Pankaj Singh and Aniket Choudhary took 3 wickets each. In reply Rajasthan slumped to 150. To make most of the remaining time, Haryana declared at 179 for 5, but they were unlucky that the weather deprived them a victory.

Brief scores:

Haryana 223 (Harshal Patel 83; Aniket Choudhary 3 for 37) & 179 for 5 decl. (Shivam Chauhan 65) drew with Rajasthan 150 (Tajinder Singh 38; Ajit Chahal 3 for 42) & (Ashok Menaria 13; Harshal Patel 2 for 21).