Vijay Hazare Trophy: J&K Lose To Andhra, Suffer 3rd Straight Defeat  

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Ram Dayal century helps J&K from 99/9 to 208/10

By R. Elahi 

SRINAGAR- J&K senior men’s cricket team suffered its third straight defeat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Saturday after Andhra Pradesh secured a two-wicket victory at Cricket Club of India, Mumbai.

J&K captain Shubham Pundir won the toss and elected to bat first. However, J&K’s top order was already back in the dressing room at the first drinks break. Falling at 30/4 after 14 overs, the J&K side were then reduced to 61/8 in 22.4 overs and 99/9 after 33 overs.

A batting masterclass from Ram Dayal helped J&K make a strong comeback in the match. Ram Dayal scored 116 (100) not out, and formed a 109-run last-wicket partnership with speedster Umar Nazir 27 (44) to take J&K to a respectable score of 208//10 in 48.3 overs. Girinath Reddy took 4 wickets for Andhra.

In reply the Andhra side held its nerve to win the match with one over left. Aquib Nabi took 2 early wickets to give J&K hope, however,  Ricky Bhui 56 (77) and AT Rayudu 39 (28) ensured the Andhra team crossed over the line. For J&K, Aquib Nabi took 3 wickets, while Parvez Rasool and Umar Nazir took 1 wicket each.

The J&K team is at the bottom of their group, and will next play Odisha on Sunday, December 12.

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