Srinagar, March 24: J&K skipper Shubham Pundir slammed a magnificent ton, while wicketkeeper batsman Kanhaiya Wadhawan and all-rounder Lone Nasir Muzaffar scored valuable fifties but that was not enough to save Jammu and Kashmir from conceding a vital first innings lead to Bengal, which is all set to gain it in the ongoing CK Nayudu Trophy match at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium, New Delhi.
Earlier, resuming from an overnight score of 121/3, skipper Shubham Pundir and Kanhaiya Wadhawan played sensibly to take the score to 180 in 55.4 overs, before Wadhawan was dismissed at his individual score of 62 runs off 110 balls studded with 10 boundaries.
Shubham continued his brilliance and alongwith Lone Nasir Muzaffar (54) and Abid Mushtaq power-packed (35) guided Jammu and Kashmir to 375/9 in 123.5 overs, still trailing by 132 runs with just one wicket in hand. Shubham especially was in sublime touch and with a stellar grit and tenacity notched up a brilliant century, scoring 121 off 258 balls, studded with 17 fours and one six.
For Bengal, Mohammad Kaif took 3 wickets, while skipper Kazi Junaid Saifi bagged 2. Pradipta Pramanik, Arka Sarkar and Kaushik Maity claimed one wicket each.
With a day’s play left in the match, the match seems to be heading for advantage-Bengal draw.