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Ranji Trophy: Abid Mushtaq’s magic brings J&K close to victory

CricketRanji Trophy: Abid Mushtaq's magic brings J&K close to victory

Srinagar: Continuing his magic, J&K’ ace spin all-rounder Abid Mushtaq ran through the Pondicherry batting once again as J&K inch closer to victory in the Ranji Trophy match Siechem Cricket Stadium, Pondicherry today.
After having taken five wicket haul in first inning, Abid Mushtaq once again proved his talent by taking second five wicket haul in the match to make his match tally of 10 wickets.

Vanshaj Sharma, who also captured 5 wickets in the first innings, took 2 wickets for J&K.

Earlier, resuming from an overnight score of 0/1, J&K managed to score 152 runs in the second innings to set a target of 87 runs for the hosts.

Wicketkeeper batter Fazil Rashid top scored with 36 runs, while Shubham Singh Pundir and skipper Shubham Khajuria contributed 30 and 25 runs to the total respectively. Sahil Lotra also contributed 19 runs to the total, while Abdul Samad and Abid Mushtaq chipped in with 11 runs each.

Skipper Rohit D took 4 wickets by conceding 46 runs in his 18 overs, while Sagar P Udeshi bagged 3 wickets and Sidak Singh claimed 2 wickets.

Chasing a paltry total of 87 runs, Pondicherry were struggling at 35/7 at stumps on day-2 today.

Sidak Singh (3) and skipper Rohit D (2) were at the crease. Paras Dogra (12) was the only batter to cross double figure mark.

For J&K, Abid Mushtaq took 5 wickets while Vanshaj Sharma bagged two wickets.

Earlier, on day-1, J&K bundled out for a paltry total of 106 runs in the first innings after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Fazil Rashid (27), Shubham Singh Pundir (21) and skipper Shubham Khajuria (15) were the main contributors, while Abdul Samad also chipped in with 10 runs.

Sidak Singh was the pick of the bowlers for Pondicherry, who captured 5 wickets while Sagar P Udeshi bagged 3 wickets and Rohit D claimed 2 wickets.

In reply, Pondicherry scored 172 runs, thus gaining a vital first innings lead of 66 runs. Paras scored 58 off 107 balls while Karthick contributed 50 off 50 balls. Akash Kargave and Mohit Mittan contributed 19 and 18 runs to the total respectively.

For J&K, Abid Mushtaq and Vanshaj Sharma spun web around the rival bowlers to take 5 wickets each. Abid took 5 wickets while Vanshaj captured 5 wickets by giving away 74 runs in 21.1 overs.

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