Mujtaba helps JK seize advantage against Haryana

Mujtaba helps JK seize advantage against Haryana

Jammu, Feb 13:  A six-wicket haul by debutante left-arm medium-pacer Mujtaba Yousuf helped Jammu and Kashmir gain the upperhand against Haryana, despite a fighting ton by Pramod Chandila, on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match here on Thursday.

Replying to J&K’s first innings score of 340 all out, Haryana were dismissed for 291 in 89.1 overs to concede a 49-run lead.

Resuming at 2 for 1, Haryana slipped to 66 for four as Yousuf (6/49) and Aquib Nabi (2/49) struck to dismiss Ajit Chahal (16), Chaitanya Bishnoi (4) and Y R Sharma (18).

Opener Ankit Kumar (63) and Chandila came together to steady the ship and put on 120 runs for the fifth wicket.

The two mixed caution with aggression and defied the J&K attack, playing some superb shots.

Left-arm mediumpacer Abid Mushtaq (2/66) broke the stubborn partnership, having trapped Ankit Kumar leg-before wicket for 63.

Chandila then found an able partner in wicket-keeper Rohit Sharma, who made 41 (85 balls, 4 fours). The duo forged a 73-run partnership to push the score along.

Aquib Nabi got the breakthrough, dismissing Sharma caught by substitute Henan Nazir before Yousuf had Chandila caught by Waseem Raja to end his stay.

Yousuf then ran through the lower order, getting the last three wickets including that of captain Harshal Patel (0) to hand the home team the advantage going into day three of the contest.

Brief scores (at end of day 2): Jammu & Kashmir 340 all out in 87 overs (Shubham Singh Pundir 84, Shubham Kajuria 62, Parvez Rasool 49, Ram Dayal 43; Rahul Tewatia 7/98) vs Haryana 291 all out in 89.1 overs (Pramod Chandilla 119, Ankit Kumar 63, R P Sharma 41; Mujtaba Yousuf 6/49).