Ranji Trophy: Jharkhand completes innings win

The bonus point victory takes Jharkhand atop group B with 39 points, ahead of Karnataka (37) and Odisha (22).

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Shahbaz Nadeem picked up three wickets as Jharkhand bowled out Odisha for 103 in its second innings for an innings victory.   -  PTI

Odisha imploded inside two sessions as Jharkhand completed an innings and 93-run win in a group B match at the KCA-St.Xavier’s College ground here on Friday.

Jharkhand with a bonus point win topped group B with 39 points and finished ahead of Karnataka (37) and Odisha (22). The three teams had already qualified for the quarterfinals.

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On a bizarre 15-wicket day, Odisha was bundled out for 103 runs in the second innings after it had conceded a 196-run first innings lead to Jharkhand. The win was scripted by spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Kaushal Singh who shared six wickets between them. The pitch took slow turn and once again it was poor application by Odisha batsmen which led to their downfall.

Jharkhand spinners were crafty and used the conditions better. Both Kaushal (three for 17), who was later declared as the man-of-the-match and Shahbaz (three for 28) bowled slowly through the air and made the ball dip forcing the batsmen to play. The close in fielders especially Virat Singh, who brought off two outstanding catches at silly point, supported the spinners well. Though Sandeep Pattnaik and Subhranshu Senapati were given reprieves it hardly mattered.

Kaushal Singh turned out to be surprise packet and he stepped in admirably for injured Sunny Gupta, who had sprained his ankle and couldn’t bowl in the Odisha innings.

However, it was a run out which triggered the batting collapse. Ranjith Singh and Sandeep were watchful and had added 25 runs for the first wicket before calamity struck. Ranjith was sent back by Sandeep and he failed to beat Virat’s throw from midwicket. Odisha collapsed in a heap after tea losing six wickets for just 19 runs in less than 10 overs. A few lusty hits from the taileders enabled it to cross the 100-run mark.

Earlier in the morning, Odisha’s hopes of restricting Jharkhand’s lead were dashed as Kushal (86 not out) counter-attacked in company of the tail.