Hyderabad: In a stunning result, a spirited Jammu & Kashmir upstaged Saurashtra by six wickets in the Group D Vijay Hazare one-day league match at Gymkhana grounds on Thursday.
Skipper Parvez Rasool (67 not out; 80 balls, 3×4, 2×6) led from the front to guide his team to victory in a thrilling run chase. Thanks to AV Vasavada’s unbeaten 85 (73 ball, 1×4, 6×6), Saurashtra put up 267 for 6 and J&K successfully chased 268 runs with one over to spare.
This was Saurashtra’s first loss in three matches while J&K, who lost to Vidarbha in their opening match, notched up their first victory in the group.
In fact, Rasool had spoken of J&K’s improved show this season. And on Thursday, the Rasool-led team upset the calculations of the fancied Saurashtra which had boasted players like stand-in skipper Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, IPL’s costliest buy Jaydev Unadkat and Robin Uthappa.
Put into bat, Saurashtra never had big partnerships to challenge the J&K attack. Uthapa made 20 and was out in the ninth over. Opener Samarth Vyas scored 33 but Pujara could make only 27 before Manzoor Dar, who was brought by Kings XI Punjab in IPL, scalped the wicket of the Test cricketer. Left-hander Ravindra Jadeja struggled for his 30-ball 13 before being caught and bowled by Waseem Raza. Saurashtra were reduced to 131 for 4 in 23.1 overs.
Vsavada and Prerak Mankad (67 off 48 balls, 5×4, 2×6) began the rescue operation to lift the total. They had an enterprising stand of 128 runs for the sixth wicket to take Saurashtra score to 267.
Ahmad Omar Banday (65 off 66 balls) and Jatin Wadhwan (30) gave a solid foundation when they added 96 runs in 17.3 overs for J&K. Off-spinner KR Makwana dismissed both the openers in space of three runs. Bandeep hit a useful 30 and added 47 runs with Rasool. The J&K skipper and Shubham Singh (55 off 47 balls) were involved in a match-winning stand as they put on 98 runs for the fifth wicket. Shubham was unfortunately run out when J&K were on the road to victory. However, Rasool, in the company of Ian Chauhan (17 not out), took J&K home. Left-arm seamer Unadkat had an off day as he leaked as many as 57 runs in nine overs without taking a wicket while Ravindra Jadeja too proved costly. He gave 59 runs without any success.
Off-spinner Makwana was the successful bowler taking three wickets.
At AOC, skipper Ishan Kishan struck a 75-ball 106 (13×4, 4×6) as Jharkhand defeated Services by five wickets and scored their first victory in Group D. Services continued their poor run as they made a meagre 202 for 9 in 50 overs. The Left-handed Kishan toyed with Services attack in Jharkhand’s run chase. Saurabh Tiwary remained unbeaten 56.