Ranji Trophy: Umar Nazir’s 4-strikes keep game in balance, Haryana 129/5

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Srinagar, Dec 14: The four much needed strikes by pacer Umar Nazir and one wicket by Mohammad Mudhasir has reduced hosts Haryana to 129/5, to bring J&K back into game after being bundled out for 161 in first inning of Ranji Trophy match at Lahli on December 14.

Umar Nazir

At the end of first day play, J&K Haryana were 129/5, trailing J&K by 32. For Haryana all set batsman are gone and in middle is Y Chahal batting on 2. RP Sharma scored 41, HJ Rana 29, Ankit Kumar 27 and CK Bishnoi 20. For J&K pacer Umar Nazir has been brilliant taking four top order wickets of Haryana while as Mohammad Mudhasir took last wicket of the day, getting Pramod Chandilia for 4.

Earlier Haryana won the toss and invited JK to bat first. J&K openers Ahmad Banday and Shubham Khajuria put on 27 run stand for opening wicket. Once that was broken wickets kept falling at regular intervals. J&K in whole bundled out for 161 runs. In reply Haryana are 40/0 at tea going comfortably. For Obaiad Haroon top scored with 26, Ian Dev with 23, Banday with 22, Owais Shah with 21, Irafan Pathan , Akash Chowdary 18 each, Parvez Rasool 16.

All the batsman got start but none could carry on. For Haryana, HJ Rana and Ankit Kumar are going strong in chase of JK’s first inning total.