Former skipper and off-spinner Parvez Rasool once again proved as to what makes it to play for India as he spun web around the rival batsmen, having a match haul of 10/85, while talented Abdul Samad showed as to what made SRH to retain him for IPL 2022 season, slamming a murderous ton and promising Qamran Iqbal showed as to why he was among under-19 India probable for more than once.
Scoring stylish 96 runs, besides, role of all-rounder Abid Mushtaq and batters Jatin Wadhawan and Shubham Singh Pundir in the big 8-wicket win against Pondicherry in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group-C match at SSN College ground, Chennai is worth appreciation.
The teamwork and brilliant exhibition of decision making made all the difference.
Earlier, resuming from an overnight score of 113/9, Pondicherry bundled out for 124 runs, thus setting a target of 42 runs for J&K. Sagar V Trivedi top scored with 37-ball 37 runs, studded with 5 fours and 2 sixes, while Pavan Deshpande scored 21 runs. First innings centurion, Paras Dogra contributed 16 runs to the total. For J&K, Parvez Rasool was the wrecker-in-chief, who created havoc and captured 6 important wickets by conceding 29 runs in his 19.5 overs, while left-arm spinner Abid Mushtaq took 2 wickets by giving away 28 runs in his 12 overs. Pace sensation, Umran Malik and medium pacer Auqib Nabi claimed one wicket each.
Chasing a meagre target of 42 runs, J&K completed the formality in 12.4 overs, losing 2 wickets, thus won the match by 8 wickets, however, lost the initiative of earning a bonus point, which could have been achieved by scripting 10-wicket victory. Openers Qamran and Jatin lost their wickets cheaply. Shubham Singh Pundir remained unbeaten on 21 off 34 balls, studded with 2 fours and 2 sixes, while skipper Ian Dev Singh finished the match in style, hitting a massive sixes off the only ball he faced.
For Pondicherry, Sagar P Udeshi took both the wickets to fall by contacting 18 runs in his 6.4 overs.
J&K earned 6 points with this win and stands on top of the points table.