U-23 Tourney: J&K pip Rajasthan, register 3rd win

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Jammu and Kashmir U-23 men’s team on Thursday defeated Team Rajasthan by 28 runs K L Saini Stadium, Jaipur to register their third win of the tournament.

A formidable batting performance led by a superb knock by wicket-keeper batsman Samad Bhat and cameos by Jiyad Magrey, Yudhamanyu Singh and Musaif Aijaz helped visitors post a good total of 285 runs in the allotted 50 overs.

Samad scored 49-ball 54 runs while Jiyad, Yudhamanyu and Musaif made 40, 42 and 45 runs respectively. For Rajasthan, VO Jhorar scalped a three-wicket haul.

Chasing the target, the hosts kept losing wickets as J&K pacers made it hard for them to get going. Irfan Haq was pick of the bowlers, taking 4 wickets by giving away meager 31 runs in his nine overs. Saksham Sharma also chipped in with 3 wickets.

Rajasthan finished the innings on 257 runs, rewarding J&K a comprehensive win. The Sahil Lotra-led team has now 12 points with a game to go.