Jammu, Feb 8: Bengal’s Middle-order batsmen Shakir Habib Gandhi and Abhijeet Bhagat stood firm in 118-run partnership to help Bengal manage a draw. Both showed solidity and sublimity in their splendid knocks on the final day of the 4-day match of the ongoing U-25 Men’s CK Nayudu Trophy at Hostel Ground JKCA, here today.
Earlier, resuming from an overnight score of 59/1, Bengal lost two quick wickets of Ayush Kumar Singh and dependable Keswani early in the morning to make it 87/3 in 39.2 overs before riding on a big and solid partnership of 118 runs between Shakir and Abhijeet to score a healthy total of 294/6 before declaring their innings and asking J&K to bat again. Shakir scored magnificent unbeaten century (101) off 179 balls studded with 10 boundaries, while Abhijeet contributed 54 off 132 balls with 6 boundaries. Keswani also contributed patient 45 runs to the total.
For J&K, Vishal Kumar took 2 wickets, while Taizeem Younis Tak, Waseem Bashir, Kawal Preet Singh and Lone Nasir Muzaffar claimed one wicket each.
Chasing 153 in around a session, J&K were 37/3 in 14 overs, thus the match ended in a draw. Shubham Singh Pundir (11) and Kawal Preet Singh (12) were at the crease.
For Bengal, Kaushik Maity took 2 wickets while Vikas claimed one.