Ranji Trophy: Hyderabad takes upper hand against J&K

Parvez Rasool defied the Hyderabad hunting pack of pacemen for 133 minutes as he played a confident and compact innings on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group C League tie.

Captain Parvez Rasool's controlled knock of 70 off 81 balls (11x4, 1x6) was undermined by J&K’s top-order collapse, as it ended the day on 156 for seven against quality swing bowling.   -  NISSAR AHMAD

Parvez Rasool defied the Hyderabad hunting pack of pacemen for 133 minutes as he played a confident and compact innings on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group C League tie. The captain’s controlled knock of 70 off 81 balls (11x4, 1x6) was undermined by Jammu & Kashmir’s top-order collapse, as it ended the day on 156 for seven against quality swing bowling. The India all-rounder fell to spinner Akash Bhandari, edging to the slips as his side finished day two 172 runs behind opponent’s first innings score of 328.

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Fourteen wickets fell on the second day at the Motibaug ground. Hyderabad lost seven batsmen in the first two sessions, as the J&K fast bowlers stuck to the off-stump line and waited for batsmen to bite the bait. J&K batsmen felt the heat post-lunch as the rival bowlers attacked the stumps, using pace and movement to frustrate batsmen. Ravi Kiran stood out with 4-31 while Chama Milind (1-27) and Mohammed Siraj (1-41) kept the pressure from the other end.

Earlier in the morning, Rasool carried over from where he left off on first day, wheeling away from one end while fast bowlers operated from the other. The off-spinner showed the way with control over length and put every batsman under pressure, finishing with admirable figures of 43.3-23-63-4.

J&K took the new ball after 100 overs and Samiulla Beig had settled batsmen in a tangle, dealing a double blow. Balachander Anirudh fell to Rasool’s guile, and then Hyderabad tumbled from 260-4 to 266-7. Suhail Andleeb had centurion Tanmay caught behind. The left-handed opener added 13 runs to his overnight score (119 runs, 321 balls, 17x4) and walked back after a marathon 426-minute stay over two days.

Beig (3-77) and Suhal (2-57) restricted the opponent to 328, despite depth in the batting line-up with Chama Milind at number nine. Anirudh emerged the third highest run-getter for Hyderabad in the first innings, slamming five fours and two sixes in 46 off 107 balls. Tanmay had mentioned about the track and conditions helping bowlers on first day. He was watchful and as were his teammates who did not dominate the bowling, and a 300-plus score on this track is a creditable team effort.

Motibaug’s reputation for being bowler-friendly came through strongly in J&K’s dismissals. Shubam Khajuria got in line to a delivery from Ravi Kiran and took his bat away. The ball swung in to rattle the stumps. Ian Dev Singh shaped to defend an express delivery from Mohammed Siraj, did not read the movement and was bowled. Milind induced an edge from number three Pranav Gupta and wicket-keeper SumanthKolla did the rest. Badrinath’s fast bowling trio of Ravi Kiran, Milind and Siraj were on the hunt, J&K slumped to 156-7 with two days remaining.