SAURASHTRA WERE in commanding position on Thursday against J&K in the Vijay Merchant Trophy cricket tournament at the Bab-e-Aali Stadium. After failing to save follow-on, J&K lost three wickets for 48 runs.
Resuming the overnight score of 340 runs for the loss of six wickets, Saurshtra added 63 runs. Saurahstra declared the innings at 403/9. Zahoor was the most successful bowler for J&K as he scalped thee wickets conceding 87 runs. Replying to the huge total, J&K could not stand against the brilliant leather attack. Though openers Bandeep and Ankit provided some resistance by adding 33 runs, lack of commitment put the team in trouble. After their departure, the team lost seven wickets for just 114 runs.
When the team was heading for follow-on, six down Zahoor Ahmed, who demonstrated excellent commitment with the ball, proved his mettle with bat also. With his excellent cricketing temperament, he took the score beyond 150 runs. Though he could not save the follow-on, he gave a message to the top order that the wicket had lot for the batsmen. He scored 42 runs off 58 deliveries.
Against the mammoth total of 403 runs, J&K were all out for a paltry 176. Aran Dave and skipper Jay Odedra scalped three and two wickets respectively.
The pathetic story of J&K continued in the second innings also. The struggle of J&K could be gauged from the fact that team lost three wickets for 48 runs still 169 runs behind the first innings total of Saurashtra. The final day on Friday will be just a formality if things go in the same way.
Earlier, both the teams were introduced to senior IPS officer Yashovardhan Azad. BDCA secretary Shafquat Mohammad Khan, Hamidullah Khan ‘Mamu’, CS Dhakad and others were present on the occasion.