Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ranji Trophy 15-16: Jharkhand vs Jammu & Kashmir

Match Summary: Jharkhand (551/8d) drew with Jammu & Kashmir (309 & 265/4 (f/o))
Points: Jharkhand 3, Jammu & Kashmir 1

Finally, the Jharkhand batting lineup came good with solid all-round batting display. They racked up their biggest score of the season, managed to impose a follow-on against J&K. And 2 quick 2nd innings wickets at the end of Day 3 made one believe that an innings victory with bonus points was waiting. But that was not to be as a fine rear-guard action from the J&K batsmen ensured that the match ended in a draw.

Game Notes
  • Shahbaz Nadeem remained the captain. 
  • Team Changes: Ishan Kishan, Jaskaran Singh and Kaushal Singh returned while out went Prakash Munda, Sumit Kumar and Sunny Gupta. 
  • All season not a single century, now two of them came in the same innings.
  • Ishan Kishan scored his maiden first class century in his 10th game. This kid is certainly one to watch out for.
  • Anand Singh also playing his 10th first class game got his maiden half-century and proceeded to convert it into a big one.
  • Kaushal Singh recorded his best innings figures with a 4-wicket haul in the first innings.
  • Nadeem vs Parvez Rasool. Two similar players in competition for an India A slot. Nadeem was better with the ball, Rasool better with the bat.
  • Ishank Jaggi got more runs (93) in one innings than his previous 4 matches combined (87).
Season Stats
Top Scorer: Saurabh Tiwary 289 @ 36.13
Most Wickets: Shahbaz Nadeem 23 @ 21.48
Player Count: 20 from 4 Games
Captain Count: 3 from 4 Games

Points Tally - 10 after 5 games. Moved up one place 6th. Now, lying 11 points behind Himachal Pradesh who are currently in place for the second knock-out spot from the Group. With 3 rounds left, it is still mathematically possible but getting more and more improbable.

Coming Up Next - Away game against Tripura, who are at the bottom of the table. A good chance to take full points and keep the knock-out hopes alive.

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