Srinagar, Nov 26: J&K stormed its way into the quaterfinal of the Vijay Hazare Trophy Tournament on Saturday by defeating Kerala by 7 wickets in pre-quaterfinal played at Ahmedabad.
Shubham Khajuria was at his best as he smashed power-packed 76 runs and Qamran Iqbal’s gritty stay in the middle, while speedsters Auqib Nabi and Yudhvir Singh also starred as J&K thrashed formidable Kerala by 7 wickets to seal berth in the historic quarterfinals at Gujarat College Cricket Ground A, Ahmedabad.
Earlier batting first Kerala scored a modest total of 174 runs in 47.4 overs. Vinoop Sheela Manoharan top scored with 62 runs off 81 balls, studded with 7 fours, while Sijomon Joseph and Akhil Scaria contributed 32 and 23 runs to the total respectively. Auqib Nabi was the pick of the bowlers for J&K, who captured 4 important wickets by conceding 39 runs in his 10 overs, while Yudhvir Singh was the most economical bowlers, who conceded just 16 runs in his 7.4 overs and took 2 wickets. Mujtaba Yousuf, Vivrant Sharma, Abid Mushtaq and Sahil Lotra claimed 1 wicket each.
In reply, J&K chased the target easily in 37.5 overs, losing 3 wickets in the process, thus won the match by 7 wickets. Shubham Khajuria and Qamran Iqbal showed stellar grit and tenacity to notch up brilliant half-centuries and make a partnership of 133 runs in a low scoring affair, while Henan Malik and Fazil Rashid completed the formality in style. Shubham was in sublime touch, scoring 76 off 61 deliveries, studded with 5 boundaries and 6 sixes, while otherwise explosive Qamran took 96 balls to make 51 with 7 boundaries. Henan and Fazil made unbeaten 14 and 13 runs respectively while Vivrant contributed 13 runs to the total.
J&K will take on Assam in the quarterfinals on November 28, 2022.