VADODARA: Jammu & Kashmir senior cricket team were handed a second successive loss in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. The five wicket-defeat to Rajasthan on Friday followed an earlier mauling by Andhra Pradesh, that saw Andhra score 198/1 and J&K managing 162/8.
Deepak Hooda's stroke-filled half-century along with impressive show by leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi became the cornerstone of Rajasthan's five-wicket win over Jammu and Kashmir in their Elite Group C league game.
Rajasthan had started their campaign on a winning note, defeating Jharkhand by six wickets on Thursday.
Rajasthan first restricted the opposition to paltry 144/4 after putting them into bat, with Bishnoi (2/25), Tanveer Ul Haq (1/16), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (1/28) among wickets. Then Hooda anchored the chase with his 28-ball 50 comprising four boundaries and three sixes.
J&K lost openers Qamran Iqbal (20) and Vivrant Sharma (15) early and were in spot of bother at 47/2, but Ian Dev Singh rallied the innings with his 33-ball 45, hitting five boundaries and a six.
Skipper Shubham Pundir (16) also could not convert his start and became Bishnoi's second victim.
Ian then found an able partner in hard-hitting batter Abdul Samad (40 not out, 3x4, 2x6) as the two added 46 runs for fourth wicket to take the side beyond the 135-run mark.
Chasing 145, Rajasthan lost the top three batters openers Arjit Gupta (11), Abhimanyu Lamba (1) and Menaria (16) and were teetering at 3/39.
Hooda again rose to the occasion and tore apart the JK attack, as he blazed his way to 50. Hooda along with Mahipal Lomror (41 not out) conjured an 88-run stand for the fourth wicket.
They eventually took the game away from JK. Once Hooda fell, Lomror took the side home, with seven balls to spare, as they added another four points.
Brief Scores: J&K 144/4 (Ian Dev Singh 45, Abdul Samad 40 not out; Ravi Bishnoi 2/25) lost to Rajasthan 148/5 (Deepak Hooda 50, Mahipal Lomror 41 not out; Mujtaba Yousuf 2/26) by five wickets.
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