Visitors Odisha bowled out hosts Jammu and Kashmir for 127 runs in first innings of the Ranji trophy group match at GGM Science College here on Saturday.
It was day to forget for J&K Ranji trophy team as it was outplayed by visitors throughout the day in both batting and bowling departments. At the end of first day play, Odisha were 91 for the loss of only one wicket. They are trailing J&K in first inning by 36 runs with nine wickets in hand. Opener Anurag Sarangi was batting on 56 while as Debasish Samantray had scored 20 when the day's play ended.
Earlier J&K won the toss and elected to bat first. They went in the match with two changes, bringing in under-19 opener Qamran Iqbal in place of Ahmad Banday and Amir Aziz in place of Pranav Gupta. Qamran had a worst start to his Ranji career as he got out for duck. He was followed by Shubham Khajuria three ball duck. Both J&K openers failed to open their account and J&K were left reeling on five with two wickets down. Number three batsman Ian Dev was joined by last match hero Owais Shah. However, before Shah could settle down he saw two more wickets falling at other end. Ian got out after scoring only five runs while as skipper Parvez Rasool got out for golden duck.
It was worst possible start that J&K would have been hoping for on their own turf. From the very start of the inning they were never allowed to move on. Shah in middle was joined by Irfan Pathan, who tried to stabilize the innings. They were able to get J&K out of the major trouble as they put on 55 run-stand between them. Irfan was first wicket fall between the two after scoring 10 runs with J&K score on 62. Owais Shah at the other end tried to continue but couldn't last long. He got out, trapped lbw by Basant Mohanty after scoring 44 runs off 97 balls in which he hit six boundaries. It was sixth wicket to fall in J&K inning with 74 runs on board. With the addition of only one run Obaid Haroon became seventh wicket to fall after scoring six runs. Amir Aziz was next to fall on the score of 88 runs. Lower order batsman, Akaash Chowdhary tried to do his bit and was even able to score 27 runs off of 30 balls before getting out. It was contribution from him and Muhammad Mudhasir that pushed J&K score above 100 run mark. Umar Nazir was last wicket to fall in J&K inning scoring two runs. Muhammad Mudhasir remained unbeaten on 12 as J&K got all out for 127 runs. For Haryana, Suryakanth Pradhan bagged four wickets while as Basant Mohanty three. Dhiraj Singh took two.
J&K was hoping to get early breakthroughs and Irfan Pathan was able to give the opening as well. Pathan clean bowled Shantanu Mishra in seventh over with Odisha score on 16 runs. It was the only wicket to fall in visiting side with Anurag Sarangi and Debasish Samantray playing brilliantly and making sure that Odisha doesn't lose any more wickets.
J&K: 127/10 (Shah 44, Akaash 27, Pradhan 4-wkts, Mohanty 3-wkts)
Odisha: 91/1 ( Sarangi 56*, Samantray 20*, Pathan 1-wkt) trail by 36 runs