Rasool shines as J&K make it to maiden quarterfinals

Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday created history by reaching the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals for the first time after their Group C encounter against Tripura ended in a draw here.

The J&K team entered the last-eight stage by virtue of their first innings lead, which earned them three crucial points. They ended tied on 28 points with Goa but qualified on the basis of their marginally better point-quotient. J&K had a quotient of 1.006 as against Goa’s 1.005 after the valley team ended the fourth and final day at 87 for two in a chase of 228.

J&K will now square off against Punjab at Baroda from January 8.

The hosts began the day at a solid 103 for two but were all out for 272 as spinner Perveez Rasool claimed seven wickets at the expense of 87 runs. Tripura’s overnight batsmen Abhijit Dey (63), Kaushal Acharjee (35) began cautiously and had extended their partnership to 78 runs but Rasool dismissed both in a gap of four overs.

After that skipper Yogesh Takawale (28) and Manisankar Murasingh (37) resisted the J&K attack for some time but eventually they were bundled out for 272 runs on the board.
The visitors then lost Adil Rishi (1) and Ian Dev Singh (9) cheaply but Bandeep Singh (37) and Perveez Rasool (35) batted well after that and easily drew the game.

BRIEF SCORES: GROUP A: At Bhubaneswar: Odisha: 242 all out and (O/n: 33/0) 228/6 in 97 overs (Govind Podder 79, Niranjan Behera 64, Natraj Behera 26; Joginder Sharma 2-44, Jayant Yadav 2-30) drew with Haryana: 626/4 decl. Haryana: 3; Odisha: 1.

At Valsad: Mumbai: 154 all out and 273 all out bt Gujarat: 253 all out and (O/n: 67/3) 147 all out in 56 overs (Bhargav Merai 36, Akshar Patel 65; Iqbal Abdulla 5-44, Vishal Dabholkar 4-33). Mumbai: 6; Gujarat: 0.

GROUP B: At Jaipur: Baroda: 236 all out and (O/n: 112/6) 167 all out in 48.2 overs (Irfan Pathan 84; Pankaj Singh 3-75, Deepak Chahar 4-40) lt to Rajasthan: 333 all out and 74/4 in 13.4 overs (Siddharth Saaf 29; Gagandeep Singh 3-29). Rajasthan: 6; Baroda: 0.
At Lucknow: Railways: (O/n: 460/4) 518/9 decl in 167 overs (Arindam Ghosh 181, Mahesh Rawat 188; Ankit Rajpoot 2-112, Piyush Chawla 2-153, Ali Murtaza 4-112) drew with Uttar Pradesh: 231/3 in 77 overs (Tanmay Srivatsava 103, Mukul Dagar 34, Prashant Gupta 27, Umang Sharma 51 n.o. Railways: 1; UP: 1. 

GROUP C: At Guwahati: Maharashtra: 361 all out and 134 all out bt Assam: 152 all out and (O/n: 94/4) 215 all out in 72.4 overs (Dheeraj Jadhav 61, Kunal Saikia 32, Abu Nechim 46; Shrikant Mundhe 2-28, Akshay Darekar 4-84). Maharashtra: 6; Assam: 0.
At Hyderabad: Hyderabad: 201 all out and (O/n: 329/5) 429 all out in 131.2 overs (Amol Shinde 91, Ashish Reddy 50; Nizar Niyas 3-97, Chovvakkaran Shahid 2-68, Vinoop Manoharan 2-49, Padmanabhan Prasanth 2-47) drew with Kerala: 264 all out and 146/2 in 47 overs (Nikhilesh Surendran 57, VA Jagadeesh 57 n.o., Rohan Prem 32; Ravi Kiran 2-29). Kerala: 3; Hyderabad: 1.

At Agartala: Tripura: 280 all out and (O/n: 103/2) 272 all out in 103.5 overs (Abhijit Dey 63, Kaushal Acharjee 35, Yogesh Takawale 28, Manisankar Murasingh 37; Parvez Rasool 7-87, Waseem Raza 2-55) drew with Jammu & Kashmir: 325 all out and 87/2 in 25 overs (Bandeep Singh 37 n.o., Parvez Rasool 35 n.o.). J & K: 3; Tripura: 1.

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