Monday, October 5, 2015

Ranji Trophy 15-16: Jharkhand vs Services

Match Summary: Jharkhand (45 & 192) lost to Services (161 & 78/1) by 9 wickets
Points: Jharkhand 0, Services 6

Being shot out for 45 on the first day of the new season is not the kind of start anyone was expecting. The game was over in the first innings itself. The bowlers did fight back, but the Services last wicket stand added 43 crucial runs and ensured a healthy (given the context) lead of 116 runs. The batsmen performed slightly better (not much though) in the second innings. Services were left chasing a target of 77 which they managed easily but lost a wicket and lost out on the bonus point as well.

Game Notes
  • Varun Aaron not playing was a surprise given that a big home series against South Africa is around the corner. 
  • Services was supposed to be one of the easier games. We had beaten them easily last time around. 
Nothing much to note here except for a couple of 50s in the second innings by Virat Singh & Saurbah Tiwary.

Season Stats
Top Scorer: Virat Singh 62 @ 31.00
Most Wickets: Rahul Shukla 4 @ 21.75

Points Tally - 0 after 1 game. Currently lying in 8th place. 

Coming Up Next - An away game against league leaders Saurashtra who thrashed Tripura in their opening encounter.

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