Srinagar: As expected and as MeT office predicted, the second day of play in Ranji Trophy tournament match between hosts J&K and Chhattisgarh was completely washed out due to rain at GGM Science College Jammu on Tuesday.
Visitors Chhattisgarh couldn’t resume their inning on second day from overnight total of 270 for the loss of four wickets as rains lashed Jammu city throughout the day. Due to heavy rains whole outfield has got submerged in water and if rains continue their is possible of no play on Wednesday as well.
“The whole day of play was today lost to rains and if it continues in same manner I doubt if tomorrows play would be possible. The outfield is totally under water and even latest equipment wouldn’t be able to dry it completely tomorrow. With MeT predicting another day of rain on Wednesday the play is likely to resume on Thursday which will be last day of the match,” said J&K team official.
Earlier on the first day of the match, Chhattisgarh after winning the toss opted to bat first. J&K went into match without senior pacer Mohammad Mudhasir. In his place they included spinner Waseem Raza in the squad.
At the end of first days play, Chattisgarh were looking solid at 270 for the loss of four wickets in 90 overs. Harpreet was last man to get out after scoring brilliant 116 run knock.
With track favoring batsman Chhattisgarh on the back of a fine knock scored by skipper went on to score 270 runs for the loss of four wickets on the first day of play. Harpreet carried on Chhattisgarh inning and was last man to fall during day, claimed by his counterpart Parvez Rasool. Harpreet scored 116 runs for them while as Abhimanyu Chauhan scored 51. For Chattisgarh Amandeep Khare is still in the middle on the score of 45. For J&K Umar Nazir and Waseem Raza remained wicketless while as Auquib, Samad, Abid and Parvez took one wicket each.
J&K already has lost one match to bad weather in Jammu against minnows Assam and can’t afford another tie going same way. With Chhattisgarh having early advantage after posting a decent score on Day 1 and weather playing spoilsport , match is limping towards a draw. J&K currently stand at number one position on points table in Elite Group-C of Ranji trophy.