Ranji Trophy: J&K vs Assam; Qamran shines with bat as 20 wickets fall on first day
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Ranji Trophy: J&K vs Assam; Qamran shines with bat as 20 wickets fall on first day

Young opening batsman Qamran Iqbal playing his second Ranji trophy match shined with bat on a day when 20 wickets fell with both teams J&K and hosts Assam getting all out on the first day of the Ranji trophy tournament match at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati on Sunday.

Young opening batsman Qamran Iqbal playing his second Ranji trophy match shined with bat on a day when 20 wickets fell with both teams J&K and hosts Assam getting all out on the first day of the Ranji trophy tournament match at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati on Sunday.

Qamran Iqbal went on to score 64-run knock as J&K earned small lead of 16 runs against hosts on the first day of the play. At the end of first day's play, Assam were on six without loss, trailing J&K by 10 runs. It was a brilliant inning from the young batsman on a wicket on which no one from both teams could score a fifty.

Earlier J&K won the toss and chose to field first. J&K made a number of changes in the team that played against Odisha. Team handed Ranji trophy debuts to Under-19 cricketers Rasikh Salam, Musaif Aijaz. Team also included Rohit Sharma and Ahmad Banday in the playing eleven.

The decision to bat first proved right as Irfan Pathan gave J&K breakthrough on the fourth ball of the match. He clean bowled Assam opener Biplab Saikia on naught with Assam total on two runs. In the sixth over, debutant Rasikh Salaam who was recently picked by Mumbai Indians for IPL-2019 season gave J&K's second and his debut wicket as he made Rahul Hazarika caught by Qamran with Assam score on 11 runs. Rasikh got his second in eight over of inning by getting wicket of Gokul Sharma. That left Assam inning in trouble on 19 with three wickets down. Pathan then came back to haunt Assam taking fourth wicket of the inning leaving Assam on 24 with four wickets down. Pathan clean bowled Sarupam Purkayastha. After that wickets kept falling at regular intervals with Umar Nazir and Rohit Sharma joining the act. The pace duo picked five wickets between them to leave Assam inning tattering on 74 with nine wickets down after 20.4 overs. Sharma took three wickets while as Nazir two. 

It looked like that Assam inning will fold quickly but the last wicket combination of Mukhtar Hussain and Mrinmoy Dutta frustrated J&K and took hosts out of deep trouble. They had stand of 54 runs between them to take Assam total to 128 runs in first inning. Mukhtar was last wicket to fall after scoring 24 runs. Mrinmoy Dutta remained not out on 35. For J&K, Rohit and Nazir took three wickets each while as Pathan and Rasikh took two each.

Like Assam, J&K too had a bad start to their inning. Opener Ahmad Banday got out in second over without scoring. He was soon followed by Shubham Khajuria, Owais Shah and Parvez Rasool, leaving J&K inning in trouble with four wickets down on the score of 19 runs.  Qamran and Irfan Pathan had a stand of 51 runs for the fifth wicket taking J&K to 70-run total. Pathan was main contributor in the stand scoring 35 runs from 46 balls before becoming fourth victim of Mukhtar Hussain. 

The duo of debutant Kanhaiya and Qamran added valuable 36 runs between them for the seventh wicket and took J&K score to 114 runs. Wadhwan got out after scoring 24 runs. Seeing wickets falling at other end, Iqbal then decided to take charge. He formed small but important stands with next in batsman Umar , Rasikh and Rohit to take J&K total to 144 runs. Qamran was last wicket to fall in J&K inning scoring 64 runs from 113 balls in which he hit six fours and two sixes. His knock helped J&K to get first inning lead of 16 runs. 

For Assam, Mukhtar took 5-wicket haul while as Arup Das took three and Pallav Kumar one. In its second inning Assam scored six runs in the only over bowled. They still trail J&K by 10 runs.

On a pace friendly wicket, 20 wickets fell on the opening day and on expects similar outcome in on the second day of the play.

BRIEF SCORES:

1st Innings

Assam : 128/10 ( Dutta 35*, Mukhtar 24, Rohit 3-wkts, Nazir 3-wkts)

J&K: 144/10 (Qamran 64, Pathan 35, Mukhtar 3-wkts)

2nd Innings

Assam: 6/0 (Biplab 1*, Das 1*) trail by 10 runs

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