HP struggle against a valiant J&K
A massive 158-run loss for J&K against Himachal Pradesh would suggest another meek subjugation by the men from the Valley, but figures are often misleading.india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 22:49 IST
A massive 158-run loss for J&K against Himachal Pradesh would suggest another meek subjugation by the men from the Valley, but figures are often misleading.
After correctly calling the toss, J&K captain Dhruv Mahajan sprang a surprise by putting the opposition in on a flat wicket. And the HP batsmen took the bowling to task as the openers put on 151 in just 28 overs. Skipper Nischal Gaur fell for 61, while Sandeep Sharma reached three figures. The bowlers’ cause wasn’t helped by some lackadaisical fielding. As HP put on 200 in only 40 overs, it almost looked like a net session bereft of, well, the nets.
However, no sooner did Hardeep Singh take a sharp chance off his own bowling, than J&K seemed to wake up and give it their all. From 207/3, HP could only muster up 260/9 in 50 overs.
J&K batsmen came out, aiming to remain in the middle as long as they could, and did an effective job of it. After an excruciatingly slow vigil at the crease Vivek Singh was the first to be dismissed, the score 50. Kanwaljeet Singh put in another classy performance (84) and, at one stage, had the asking rate dip to 4-an-over.
But J&K's inexperience proved to be their undoing.
Brief scores: HP 260 for 9 (Gaur 61, Sandeep 104; Nabi 2-43, Hardeep 3-33) bt J&K 212 (Bhatt 53, Kanwaljeet 84; Thakur 2-45, Gaur 2-41).