Ranji Trophy: J&K draws Rajasthan, gets 3 points - watsupptoday.com
Ranji Trophy: J&K draws Rajasthan, gets 3 points
Posted 10 Oct 2017 03:07 PM

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Strong line-up of Jammu and Kashmir led by skipper Parveiz Rasool displayed a magnificent batting in the opening match to get three points against Rajasthan in Ranji Match, which ended in draw, here on Monday.
J&K had already taken a significant first-innings lead at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in the slow-moving match and batted on for 4.5 more overs on the final morning after resuming on 432 for 6 in response to Rajasthan’s 330.
If the idea was to score quick runs, it didn’t work, as only four runs were added for the loss of two wickets and the declaration came at 436 for 8.
Rajasthan were off to a pale start in the opening match of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 for Group B, as they settled for a draw against Jammu and Kashmir at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday.
Earlier, winning the toss, Jammu and Kashmir put Rajasthan to bat first, as they were bundled for an average total of 330 on day two. Robin Bist was the top scorer with 113 runs, while Mohammed Mudhasir claimed five wickets for 81. Jammu and Kashmir too provided a good fight back with the bat, as they went on to bat until day three, declaring their innings on 436 for the loss of eight wickets, earning a lead of 106 runs. Ahmed Bandy played a subtle knock of 102, while Tanveer-Ul-Haq claimed three for 43. As Rajasthan went on with their second innings, it was another commendable display by the batsmen, clearly indicating the Sawai Mansigh track in Jaipur was nothing but a batsman’s paradise. Middle-order batsman Rajesh Bishnoi was the top scorer in the innings with an unbeaten 101. The day four of the match began with Jammu and Kashmir resuming with overnight score of 432 for the loss of six wickets. They lost the remaining four wickets in just four runs.
As Rajasthan began their second innings, they too were off to a slow start, losing four wickets in just 69 runs, indicating that the pitch was starting to turn. However it was the pair of Mahipal Lomror and Bishnoi, who played in a composed manner, as Rajasthan finished on 85 for the loss of four at lunch, while at tea, they had earned a lead of 75 runs.
However, with the day being the last, and assuming there was no result possible; just after an hour of play post lunch, the captains decided to call it a draw. As for the points table in Group B, Saurashtra lead the chart with seven points, followed by Kerala in the second spot with six points, while Jammu and Kashmir in the third spot with three points followed by Rajasthan who was in the fourth spot with one point.

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