Ranji Trophy: Odisha secure third win after beating J&K by 8 wickets

Bhubaneswar: Odisha registered its third win of the season after defeating host Jammu & Kashmir by 8 wickets in the Elite-C group Ranji Trophy match played at GGM Science College Hostel Ground in Jammu.

After back to back losses against Jharkhand and Rajasthan, Odisha’s performance against J&K was one of the most comprehensive this season. Chasing a target of 196 runs set by J&K, a century-run partnership between Shantanu Mishra (78) and Subhransu Senapati (72) helped Odisha achieve the target in 49.1 overs. Odisha’s Abhishek Raut was adjudged Man of the match for his brilliant century in the first innings.

Earlier J&K improved their batting performance to post a total of 391 runs in the second innings. Captain Parveez Rasool (158) scored a brilliant century to keep the host’s alive in the game. Basant Mohanty was the pick of the bowlers for Odisha with 4 wickets in the second innings. Earlier in its first innings, J&K was bundled out for 127 runs while Odisha had scored 323 runs in its first innings taking a lead of 196 runs.

With this win Odisha has grabbed six crucial points and is ranked fifth with 19 points from 7 matches. Odisha will now face the Services team at the Air Force Complex ground in Palam, New Delhi on December 30.