Jammu and Kashmir’s debutant Aakash Choudhary claimed 3/17 in his seven overs to reduce Uttar Pradesh to 31/3
Jammu and Kashmir’s debutant Aakash Choudhary claimed 3/17 in his seven overs to reduce Uttar Pradesh to 31/3

Jammu and Kashmir’s debutant Aakash Choudhary claimed 3/17 in his seven overs to reduce Uttar Pradesh to 31/3 in the opening day of round five of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season after J&k, led by their experienced campaigners Irfan Pathan and Parvez Rasool, had posted 290 all out at Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground, Jammu on Thursday.

After being put into bat, J&K found themselves in trouble early on losing their openers with only 29 on board. Ahmed Bandy (10) and Shubham Khajuria (19) wa taken by pacer Yash Dayala Imtiaz Ahmed got rid of Paras Sharma for 6.

J&K then fought back with Ian Dev Singh and Rasool combining for a stand of 102 runs. Ian Dev made 49 before falling to spinner Saurabh Kumar. Rasool fell shortly after scoring 87 to Saurabh. Irfan Pathan then batted with the tail and scored 91 off 76 balls to take J&K to 290. Pathan joined forces with No.11 Aakash Choudhary for a stand of 71 runs for the final wicket. For UP, Saurabh picked 6/90.

In reply, UP lost Mohammad Saif for 6, Dhruv Pratap Singh for 0 and Priyam Garg for 4 – all to pacer Aakash Choudhary. At the close of play, UP had opener Madhav Kaushik (11*) and skipper Akshdeep Nath (1*) in the middle.

Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 31/3 (Madhav Kaushik 11*; Aakash Choudhary 3/17) trail Jammu and Kashmir 290 (Irfan Pathan 91, PArvez Rasool 87; Saurabh Kumar 6/90)