J&K enters Ranji Trophy quarters despite all odds

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir qualified for the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals for the first time since 2000, following a draw against Tripura in their final Group C league match today.

J&K will play against Punjab at Baroda from 8 January.

Karnataka and Punjab have already qualified from Group A and will now be joined by 40-time champions Mumbai. Railways, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh also have qualified from Group B earlier.

Maharashtra entered the knockout stages from Group C and were likely to be joined by either Goa or Jammu and Kashmir, but J&K just managed to scrape through by the thinnest of margins -- their quotient was 0.001 better than Goa's -- after drawing their game with Tripura in Agartala.

Prior to this, the farthest Jammu and Kashmir had progressed in the tournament was the pre-quarter-final against Odisha in 2000-01.

In the last-eight clashes to be held Jan 8-12, Mumbai will take on Maharashtra at home (Wankhede Stadium), Bengal will face Railways also at home (Eden Gardens), and Karnataka too will clash against Uttar Pradesh at home (Chinnaswamy Stadium).

Only the Punjab vs J&K match will not be held at anyone's home ground and will be played at Moti Baug, Vadodara, Gujarat.

Brief Scores: Tripura 280 and 272 in 103.5 overs.(Abhijit Dey 63, Kaushik Acharjee 35; Perveez Rasool 7/87). 

Jammu and Kashmir: 325 and 87 for 2 in 25 overs. (Perveez Rasool 37 not out, Bandeep Singh 37; Manisankar Murasingh 1/12).

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