Captain Parvez Rasool led from the front with a fine half-century and a hat-trick as Jammu and Kashmir cricket team beat Saurashtra cricket team in an inconsequential Group D Vijay Hazare Trophy tie at the Bengal Cricket Academy Ground, Kalyani (near Kolkata), on Saturday.
Batting first, Jammu & Kashmir were bundled for just 170 in 46 overs with Rasool and Ram Dayal scoring half-centuries. However, the paltry total proved monumental for Saurashtra who could only manage to put up 147 after Rasool ran through their batting line-up.
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After Jaydev Shah was trapped in front by Manik Gupta in the fifth ball of the 20th over, Rasool cleaned up Sheldon Jackson with the first ball of the 21st over before having Chirag Jani caught behind and Unadkat’s bails removed off the next two deliveries.
Coming on to bat, Snell Patel and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja had steadied the ship for Saurashtra after they were reduced to 9/2 at the end of the third over.
However, once they departed, Saurashtra had the sensational collapse and never managed to fight their way back.
Rasool also trapped Shaurya Sanandia in front in the 33rd over to pick up his fourth wicket in the match as Saurashtra fell short by 23 runs. Despite the win, Jammu and Kashmir are at the bottom of the Group D table with just one win and four losses to their name. Karnataka, who have won all their five matches so far, lead the table followed by Hyderabad who have won four.
Rasool, the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to bag an IPL contract has only played one ODI and a T20I in his career. The debut in the shortest format of the game came against England earlier this year but it was marred with controversies as he was found to chew a gum while the national anthem was being played before the match.
It didn’t take too long for Twitteratis to notice it and the issue had gone viral even before a ball had been bowled in the match.