Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy | Himachal beat J&K by 4 runs
In chase of 158 run target set by Himachal Pradesh , J&K batting crumbled except Abdul Samad who scored 32 ball 55 run knock and Auqib Nabi who almost won it for J&K by scoring 29 runs from mere eight balls. [Image for representational purpose only]File/ GK

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy | Himachal beat J&K by 4 runs

Srinagar: A fighting half century by Abdul Samad and a heroic cameo by Auqib Nabi went in vain as J&K suffered four run defeat against Himachal Pradesh in the match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament at Reliance Cricket Stadium, Vadodara on Monday.

In chase of 158 run target set by Himachal Pradesh , J&K batting crumbled except Abdul Samad who scored 32 ball 55 run knock and Auqib Nabi who almost won it for J&K by scoring 29 runs from mere eight balls. Apart from his heroic cameo , Auqib Nabi also picked three wicket haul for J&K , thus establishing himself as a premier all-rounder in the J & K senior cricket team.

Earlier , Himachal Pradesh batting first posted a total of 157 runs for the loss of eight wickets on board in allotted 20 overs. Raghav Dhawan top scored with 47 runs from 46 balls while veteran all-rounder Rishi Dhawan scored unbeaten 45 runs from only 26 balls. For J&K , Auqib Nabi took three wickets while Parvez Rasool and Abid Mushtaq took two wickets each.

With this defeat, J&K have been knocked out of the tournament with one match yet to be played. For Himachal Pradesh, veteran all-rounder Rishi Dhawan was sensational taking six wicket haul in 3.5 overs.

J&K has so far played four matches in the tournament and suffered three defeats. They have been able to win only one. J&K are now placed on the bottom of the points table with four points. They will next face Jharkhand on Tuesday.

Brief Scores:

Himachal: 157/8 ( R Dhawan 47, RR Dhawan 45* , Auqib 3 wkts, Parvez 2 wkts, Abid 2 wkts).

J&K: 153/9 ( Samad 55, Auqib 29, RR Dhawan 6-wkts).

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