Mushtaq Ali Trophy: J&K end campaign with 8-wicket win against Manipur

The J&K cricket team ended its campaign in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with comfortable win as they beat Manipur by eight wickets at Chukkapalli Pitchaiah Cricket Ground, Mulapadu on Thursday.

Playing its last match of the tournament after failing to qualify for knockout stage, J&K made six changes to the side that lost against Kerala on Wednesday. In place of Parvez Rasool who was nursing an injury, Shubam Khajuria was made skipper on his comeback while as Nawazul Munier, Bandeep Singh, Waseem Raza, Sharukh Ahmad Dar and Owais Shah were other changes made. Irfan Pathan was also kept out of the playing eleven.

Chasing a huge target of 182 runs set by Manipur, J&K achieved target for the loss of only two wickets in 17.1 overs.

Earlier batting first, Manipur scored 182 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Mayank Raghav with brilliant ton of 103 runs was highest scorer for the while as Yashpal Singh scored 51. For J&K, Rasikh Salam took three wickets while as Shahrukh Dar, Waseem Raza and Bandeep Singh took one wicket each.

It was big total to chase down but J&K did it in style. They achieved target for the loss of only two wickets with 2.5 overs to spare.

For J&K, Bandeep Singh was phenomenal scoring unbeaten 59 runs from 26 balls that included four boundaries and four sixes. Jatin Wadhwan continued his superb form in the event scoring 59 runs from 29 balls that included eight boundaries and two sixes. Shubham Khajuria scored 34 while as Shubham Pundir remained not out on 30.  Mayank Raghav and Yashpal singh took one wicket each for Manipur.

J&K finished at fourth place in the Group-A after registering three wins and three defeats. They failed to make it to the knockout stage and will be heading home now. It was last campaign of the season for J&K cricket team and they failed to make it to next round in each of its campaign this season.