Jammu: Swapnil Asnodkar hit a wonderful double century as Goa declared their innings closed at 552 for 5 in their first innings and then reduced Jammu & Kashmir to 43 for 2 on the second day of a Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match. Resuming on 263 for 1, overnight batsmen — Asnodkar, who was on 74, and Sagun Kamat, on 57 — went on to put up a solid 213 runs for the second wicket to take the team past the mark of 400 runs. Asnodkar scored 232 off 360 deliveries and his knock was studded with 28 fours and three sixes, while Kamat hit a 105 off 292 deliveries with the help of 11 hits to the fence and a single six. Darshan Misal (41) also chipped in with crucial runs later on.
For J&K, Parvez Rasool (4 for 169) was the pick of the wickets. In reply to Goa’s massive first innings total, J&K lost both their openers cheaply to be reeling at nine for 2. At stumps, Pranav Gupta was unbeaten on 25, while Ian Dev Singh Chauhan was on 13. Asnodkar is best remembered for his breathtaking batting during the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) where he formed a fruitful opening partnership with Graeme Smith. Shane Warne had famously stated back then that Asnodkar could “walk in” to the Indian national side given his talent. Sadly for Asnodkar that never came to pass, but he has remained an integral part of Goa’s Ranji Trophy and other domestic teams.
Goa 552 for 5 decl. (Swapnil Asnodkar 232, Sagun Kamat 105; Parvez Rasool 4 for 169) lead J&K 43 for by 509 runs.
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