JAMMU AND Kashmir bundled out Sikkim for meager 50 runs in the Vijay Merchant U-17 cricket tournament organised by the MPCA under the aegis of BCCI at the Usha Raje cricket grounds on Tuesday.
Sikkim skipper Leeyong Lepecha won the toss and put Jammu and Kashmir into bat. The decision was good as his bowlers started packing their opponent batsmen at regular intervals.
The first wicket fell at three when Bandeep Singh was run out in a mix up. Sadiqul Mehoi and Ankit Bassan added 40 runs for the second wicket. At 43, Ankit was back in the pavilion after scoring 20 runs and that was the beginning of the end.
Jammu and Kashmir lost seven wickets for 100 runs. Sadiq-ul-Mehdi was the highest scorer for his team. He scored 27 runs with three boundaries and rest of the batsmen could not stay at the middle of the wickets. The team lost all the wickets for 101.
Anju Choudhry bowled well to capture three wickets for 11runs of nine overs. Pradeesh P Nair and Nitesh Lamichaney took two wickets each.
Sikkim batsmen played recklessly. Zahoor Ahmed terrorised the Sikkim batsmen with pace. Mukesh Gupta was the highest scorer for his team. He scored 10 runs with one boundary. Rest of the batsmen fell like ninepins and the team was bundled out for 50 runs conceding a first innings lead of 51 runs to Jammu and Kashmir.
Zahoor Ahmed bowled brilliantly to capture five wickets for 13 runs in six overs. Mir Mohamed Mohsin gave a good support to Zahoor capturing three wickets for 18 runs. Saqib Majeed took two wickets for 15 runs.
In the second innings, Jammu and Kashmir scored 54 for no loss. Bandeep Singh was batting on 26 with four boundaries while Mohamed Sadiq-ul- Mehdi remained unbeaten on 12 with two boundaries.
Brief scores: Jammu and Kashmir: I innings: 101 and 54 for no loss. Sikkim: I innings: 50 all out.