J&K Stun Ranji Champions MP In Vijay Hazare

MUMBAI- Jammu and Kashmir secured one of the most memorable wins in their history when they shocked reigning Ranji champions Madhya Pradesh by two wickets in a high-scoring Vijay Hazare Trophy Group D match at the DY Patil Stadium here on Saturday.

Opener Yash Dubey slammed a run-a-ball 121 (13x4s), while his opening partner Abhishek Bhandari made 74 (81b; 9x4s, 2x6s) as Madhya Pradesh posted a mammoth 342 for 9 after being asked to bat.

But Jammu and Kashmir pulled off a heist as half-centuries from opener Vivrant Sharma (69), Henan Nazir (68) and Abdul Samad (66) laid the foundation before Abid Mushtaq played a terrific counter-attacking knock of 42 from 19 balls to set up the victory.

Mushtaq smashed three sixes and as many boundaries, taking on the likes of Avesh Khan and Kuldeep Sen. But there was drama in store when Avesh (3/86) dismissed him in the 47th with Jammu and Kashmir still needing 31 off 21 balls.

Sahil Lotra (23 not out from 11b; 4x4s) held his nerves to seal the chase with four balls to spare. Auqib Nabi (11 not out; 9 balls, 1×4) lent a fine support as the duo held on after Mushtaq’s dismissal in a match-winning 34-run unbroken partnership for the ninth wicket.

Mushtaq played a perfect counter-attacking knock to keep Jammu and Kashmir in the hunt. In Group D, Baroda climbed to the top of the table, followed by Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir on net-run rate.

Brief Scores:

Madhya Pradesh 342/9 in 50 overs (Yash Dubey 121, Abhishek Bhandari 74, Rajat Patidar 62; Auqib Nabi 3/76, Sharukh Dar 3/66, Abid Mushtaq 2/43) lost to Jammu and Kashmir 346/8; 49.2 overs (Vivrant Sharma 69, Henan Nazir 68, Abdul Samad 66, Abid Mushtaq 42, Sahil Lotra 23 not out; Avesh Khan 3/86, Saransh Jain 2/47) by two wickets.

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