J&K takes 28-run lead against Jharkhand on Day-1

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Jammu, Nov 23 (UNI) Hosts Jammu and Kashmir took 28-run lead against Jharkhand as two complete innings were played on the first day of the Four Day Ranji Trophy Plate Group B match being played here.

Pacers from both the sides state the show as 20 wickets fell in a single day on grassy top with J&K leading with 28 runs. Playing in their second innings, Jharkhand openers were at 12 for no loss in seven overs at the close of today's play.

Earlier after winning the toss and deciding to bat first on green wicket with an aim to punish the new ball bowlers to set a big target, the visitors were shot put for meager 105 runs in 33.1 overs just 12 minutes after lunch.

Jharkhand openers Subrato Ghosh and Manish Vardhan faced the opening spells of J&K seamers but they were hardly allowed to stay long at the crease. J&K skipper Vijay Sharma, with highest wickets today in his pocket, damaged the visitors-strategy.

He bowled fiery spells in the beginning and later against at the lower order and managed a five-wicket haul for him.

Manish Vardhan (14), Aamir Hashmir (20), Shahbaz Nadeem and S S Rao (12) and Kuldeep Sharma (n.o 24) were the strikers for Jhrakhand thus helping their side to look stable at 105.

For the hosts, skipper Vijay Sharma clinched five followed by giant right arm medium pacer Samiullah Beigh with four wickets and Sameer Ali having one.

Moreover, J&K too crumbled in 33.3 overs for 133 taking first inning lead of 28 runs as Jharkhand bowlers Kuldeep Sharma and S S Rao nipped the ball and forced J&K batsmen to stay at back-foot.

Javed Ahmed with 20, Sameer Ali with 16, skipper Vijay Sharma (26) and tail-ender Samiullah Beigh with unbeaten 33 off 46 balls with three boundaries, rescued the host from the danger zone.

Jharkhand seamers, Kuldeep Sharma and S S Rao bowled speedy deliveries on fast rack as the duo pocketed three wickets each whereas Sujit Roy managed two and Shahbaz Nadeem took one. Playing for the second inning with J&K leading the match on the opening day, Jharkhand openers Subrato Ghosh (n.o 6) and Manish Vardhan (n.o 1) were at the crease when umpires signaled bad light at 1638 hrs.

SCOREBOARD Jharkhand 1st inning (Batting): Subrato Ghosh lbw Vijay Sharma 00, Manish Vardhan lbw Samiullah Beigh 14, Arun Vidyarthi lbw Vijay Sharma 00, Saurabh Tiwari b Samiullah Beigh 10, Santosh Lal c Sarabjeet Singh b Sameer Ali 01, Aamir Hashmi c Sarabjeet Singh b Vijay 20, Sunny Gupta lbw Samiullah Beigh 03, Shahbaz Nadeem c Majid Dar b Vijay Sharma 12, S S Rao c Sarabjeet Singh b Samiullah Beigh 12, Kuldeep Sharma not out 24, Sujit Roy b Vijay Sharma 4.

Extras: 5 Total: 105 all out in 33.1 Bowling (J&K): Vijay Sharma 11.1-4-20-5, Samiullah Beigh 14-2-50-4, Sameer Ali 7-2-19-1, Sameer Khajuria 1-0-13-0.

FOW: 1/0, 2/0, 3/20, 4/25, 5/29, 6/37, 7/60, 8/75, 9/75, 10/105.

J&K 1st inning (batting): Ian Dev Singh b Kuldeep Sharma 00, Javed Ahmed b Shiv Shanker Rao 20, Arshad Bhat lbw S S Rao 05, Kawaljeet Singh c Sunny Gupta b Kuldeep Sharma 05, Majid Dar c Subrato Ghosh b Kuldeep Sharma 00, Sarabjeet Singh run out Kuldeep Sharma 13, Sameer Ali c Sujit Roy b S S Roy 16, Vijay Sharma b Shahbaz Nadeem 26, Samiullah not out 33, Raman Dutta c Subrato Ghosh b Sujit Roy 01, Sameer Khajuria b Sujit Roy 00.

Extras: 14 Total: 133 all out in 33.3 overs.

Bowling (Jharkhand): Kuldeep Sharma 14-1-57-3, S S Rao 14-01-56-3, Shahbaz Nadeem 3-1-3-1, Santosh Lal 2-0-6-0, Sujit Roy 0.3-0-0-2.

FOW: 1/1, 2/19, 3/38, 4/38, 5/52, 6/62, 7/78, 8/26, 9/133, 10/133.

UNI

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