Ranji Trophy: Abhishek Raut, Debashish Samantray keep Odisha in command over J&K

Odisha enjoyed two days of good cricket to leave hosts Jammu and Kashmir trailing by 175 runs at stumps on day two of their seventh round Group C Ranji Trophy 2018-19 in Jammu.

Odisha converted a lead of 36 to 196 with Debashish Samantray (85) and Abhishek Raut  (116*) the chief contributors. Anurag Sarangi added one run to his overnight score before he became the first wicket to fall, and from 100/2 the Odisha innings slumped to 115/5 as Irfan Pathan and Umar Nazir made swift inroads.

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Samantray and Raut put on on 113 for the sixth wicket and the last four wickets added 94 runs.Only two other players reached double figures. Irfan (4/52) and Nazir (3/49) led J&K’s bowling admirably.

By the close of play, J&K had reached 27 for no loss.

Brief scores: Jammu & Kashmir 127 & 27/0 trail Odisha 323 (Raut 116*, Samantray 85, Sarangi 57) by 169 runs