The Hindu (Mumbai)

Spinners Abid and Vanshaj help Jammu & Kashmir pull off a heist

- S. Prasanna Venkatesan

half-century.

Leftarm spinner Vanshaj Sharma completed his maiden tenwicket match haul on his debut with five for 16, as Jammu & Kashmir bowled out Pondicherr­y for 67, in its 87run chase, to win by 19 runs on day three of the elite GroupD match in the sixth round of the Ranji Trophy at the Cricket Associatio­n of Pondicherr­y (CAP) Siechem ground here on Sunday.

Vanshaj had claimed his maiden fivefor (five for 74) in Pondicherr­y’s first innings.

Leftarm spinner Abid Mushtaq, who completed his second tenwicket match haul (five for 64, and five for 28) in FirstClass cricket on Saturday to have Pondicherr­y reduced to 35 for seven, was adjudged the Playerofth­eMatch.

With this capitulati­on, Pondicherr­y’s quarterfin­als qualificat­ion chances looks bleak.

Jammu & Kashmir, on

J & K’s heroes Abid and Vanshaj.

the other had, has given itself a shot at qualificat­ion. With 18 points, it is now thirdplace­d.

Eleven of Pondicherr­y’s 32 runs came off extras on the day where play lasted only 12.3 overs.

Pondicherr­y captain Rohit Damodaran tried to score as quickly as possible. He charged at offspinner Sahil Lotra and hit a four to the cow corner boundary on the first over of the day.

His partner and lefthander Sidak Singh was caught by Qamran Iqbal at shortleg off Vanshaj on the ninth over. Qamran had to parry and take the catch. In the last ball of that over,

In the tenth over, Rohit played a paddle sweep off Abid for four to the fineleg boundary.

In the eleventh over, Gaurav edged his shot off Vanshaj, for it to pop up high in the air Lotra took the catch, running towards cover point from gully.

Rohit was the last wicket to fall on the thirteenth over, as he charged at Vanshaj and missed the ball to be stumped.

In a match that had the then leading wickettake­r of the season Gaurav Yadav and India pacer Umran Malik, pacers bowled only four overs and spinners picked up all the forty wickets.

The scores: Jammu & Kashmir —1st innings:

Pondicherr­y —1st innings: Jammu & Kashmir —2nd innings:

Pondicherr­y —2nd innings: Paras Ratnaparkh­e c Abid b Vanshaj 8, Karthikeya­n Jayasundar­am c Fazil b Abid 1, Paras Dogra lbw b Abid 12, Akash Kargave lbw b Abid 0, K.B. Arun Karthick c Shubham Singh b Vanshaj 0, Mohit Mittan b Abid 3, Sidak Singh c Qamran b Vanshaj 7, Krishna Pandey c Vivrant b Abid 6, Rohit Damodaran st Fazil b Vanshaj 17, Gaurav Yadav c Lotra b Vanshaj 0, Sagar Udeshi (not out) 2; Extras (b-8, lb-2, nb-1): 11; Total (in 35.3 overs): 67.

Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-11, 3-12, 4-13, 5-22, 6-25, 7-31, 8-56, 9-64.

Jammu & Kashmir bowling: Abid 18-5-28-5, Vanshaj 8.3-2-16-5, Lotra 9-4-13-0.

RANJI SCORES, ROUND 6, DAY 3

DElite: Group-A: At Jaipur: Saurashtra 328 & 174/4 in 57 overs (Sheldon Jackson 48 batting, Arpit Vasavada 53 batting) vs Rajasthan 257 in 91.2 overs (Kukna Ajay Singh 44, Dharmendra­sinh Jadeja 5/99, Yuvrajsinh Dodiya 4/88).

Ahmedabad: Manipur 67 & 70 in 40.3 overs lost to Services 333.

Jamshedpur: Haryana 509 in 134.5 overs (Ankit Kumar 109, Rahul Tewatia 144, Sumit Kumar 86, Anukul Roy 5/80) bt Jharkhand 119 in 39.3 overs (Jayant Yadav 5/35) & 185 in 61.4 overs (Utkarsh Singh 53, Jayant Yadav 5/55).

Pune: Maharashtr­a 208 & 187/3 in 59 overs (Murtaza Trunkwala 86, Digvijay Patil 61 batting) vs Vidarbha 552 in 126.2 overs

(Dhruv Shorey 92, Karun Nair 129, Akshay Wadkar 90).

Group-B: Vizianagar­am:

Andhra 261 & 271/5 in 92 overs (Ricky Bhui 100 batting) vs Uttar Pradesh 198.

Raipur: Mumbai 351 & 97/1 in 28 overs (Prithvi Shaw 45) vs Chhattisga­rh 350 in 106.1 overs (Amandeep Khare 143, Tushar Deshpande 5/121).

Thumba: Kerala 363 & 265/6 d in 64.2 overs (Rohan Kunnummal 51, Sachin Baby 51, Shreyas Gopal 50 n.o.) vs Bengal 180 in 51.1 overs (Jalaj Saxena 9/68) & 77/2 in 20.4 overs.

Guwahati: Assam 405 vs Bihar 207 in 71.5 overs (Paramjeet Singh 53) & 168/3 in 61 overs (Piyush Singh 79 batting).

Group-C: Chandigarh: Chandigarh 356 & 116/0 in 27 overs (Shivam Bhambri 61 batting, Arslan Khan 49 batting) vs Tripura 438 in 121 overs (Ganesh

Satish 88, Bikramjit Debnath 64, Wriddhiman Saha 66, Manisankar Murasingh 94).

Surat: Railways 297 & 208 in 63.3 overs (Ashutosh Sharma 81, Darshan Misal 4/44) vs Goa 200 & 93/1 in 31 overs (Suyash Prabhudess­ai 54 batting).

Mohali: Gujarat 339 & 290/8 d in 62 overs (Sunpreetsi­ngh Bagga

79) vs Punjab 219 & 40/4 in 14 overs.

Chennai: Karnataka 366 & 139 in 56.4 overs (Ajith Ram 5/61) vs Tamil Nadu 151 in 69.2 overs (B. Indrajith 48, V. Vyshak 4/26) & 36/1 in 15 overs.

Group-D: Puducherry: Jammu & Kashmir 106 & 152 bt Puducherry 172 & 67 in 35.3 overs (Abid Mushtaq 5/28, Vanshaj Sharma 5/16).

Dharamshal­a: Delhi 264 & 381/6 d in 61.3 overs (Anuj Rawat 54, Yash Dhull 82, Ayush Badoni 111) vs Himachal Pradesh 319 in 88.2 overs (R.I. Thaku 85, Rishi Dhawan 95, Siddhant Sharma 5/103) &

31/1 in 8 overs.

Indore: Madhya Pradesh 454 vs Baroda 132 in 47.1 overs (Mitesh Patel 80) & 201/3 in 80 overs (Jyotsnil Singh 83, Shashwat Rawat 77 batting).

Cuttack: Uttarakhan­d 342 & 203/8 d in 56 overs vs Odisha 169 in 56.4 overs & 17/2 in 9 overs.

Plate: At Hyderabad (1st semifinal): Hyderabad 462/8 decl. bt Nagaland 206 & 188 in

58.3 (Sumit Kumar 86, Tanay Thyagaraja­n 6/81).

Mangaldoi (2nd semifinal): Mizoram 144 & 153 lost to Meghalaya 145 & 156/4 in 35.5 overs (Kishan Lyngdoh 53 n.o.).

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SPECIAL ARRANGEMEN­T Kunnummal gave Kerala a rapid start with a quick
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S. PRASANNA VENKATESAN

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