Ranji Trophy: Ian Singh, Fazil Rashid show resistance in J&K’s marathon chase of 508

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Ian Dev (L), Fazil Rashid (R). Pic: KSW

Srinagar, Febuary 26: After toiling hard on the field for around three sessions on day-two and the penultimate day, Jammu and Kashmir batsmen, especially Ian Dev and Fazil Rashid, showed application on Friday but have a huge task at hand on the final day tomorrow, needing 319 runs more to win with 6 wickets in hand in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group-C match at IIT Chemplast, Chennai.

Earlier, resuming from an overnight score of 128/2, Karnataka declared their second innings at 298/3, thus setting a target of 508 runs for Jammu and Kashmir. Sidharth KV top scored with 72-ball 72 runs, while first innings centurion Karun Nair and skipper Manish Pandey contributed unbeaten 71 and 37 respectively.

Openers Samarth R and Devdutt Padikkal scored 62 and 49 runs respectively. Left-arm spinner Abid Mushtaq was the only successful bowler from J&K, taking all three wickets to fall, conceding 65 runs in his 18 overs.

Chasing a huge winning target of 508 runs in the second essay, J&K batsmen showed resistance and were 189 for the loss of 4 wickets in 71 overs at the draw of stumps today. Skipper Ian Dev Singh Chauhan was unbeaten on 65 off 113 balls, studded with 8 fours and 2 sixes, talented Abdul Samad was at the crease on 21 off 29 deliveries with 1 four and 2 sixes.

Earlier, wicketkeeper batsman, Fazil Rashid, who was promoted to number-3 spot, scored magnificent 65 runs off 140 balls, studded with 8 fours and 2 sixes. Jatin Wadhawan (15), Shubham Singh Pundir (09) and Qamran Iqbal (04) fell cheaply.

For Karnataka, Shreyas Gopal took 3 wickets by conceding 90 runs in his 19 overs, while Prasidh Krishna claimed 1 wicket by giving away 20 runs in his 12 overs.

With last day’s play left, J&K needs 319 more runs to win with 6 wickets in hand. Though, it is a huge ask for J&K, but with Ian leading from the front, promising Samad at the other end, Parvez Rasool yet to come, all-rounders- Abid, Auqib in J&K’s kitty, surface behaving beautifully and cricket being the game of glorious uncertainties, all the three possibilities are there- a win, a loss or a draw. Let’s wait for the final day.

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