Jammu and Kashmir put themselves at the driver's seat by setting Goa an improbable 412 to win on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium here today. Starting at an overnight score of 43 for 5, Goa's first innings folded for 77 with Samiullah Beigh (1/26), Ram Dayal (4/15) and Umar Nazir (3/10) being the wicket takers. Jammu and Kashmir then quickly amassed 261 in 61.3 overs, riding on half-centuries by Ian Dev Singh (64), Puneet Bist (87) and a 57-ball 48 by opener SP Khajuria (48), to set Goa a victory target of 412. Chasing the target, Goa were 22-0 in 10 overs, still needing 390 runs with 10 wickets remaining and two days to go. For Goa, Amit Yadav (3/70) and AG Pandrekar (3/39) were the top wicket-takers, while SS Bandekar (2/33) and SB Jakati (1/70) and DW Misal (1/21) were the other contributors. Earlier, Gao lost their sixth wicket when Bandekar was dismissed by Beigh. In the next over, Amit yadav was caught by Khajuria of Dayal's bowling. SB Jakati (3) and SS Dubhashi (15) then batted for seven overs before the former was sent packing by Nazir and after three balls, Pandrekar too was removed. Dubhashi was the last man dismissed in the 31st over by Dayal. J&K also didn't have a good start in their second innings as opener Adil Reshi was trapped infront of wicket by Bandekar in the 3rd over. Khajuria and Singh then added 55 runs when the opener was caught by Misal of Amit's bowling as they slipped to 68-2 in 15.2 overs. Bandeep Singh (6) was the next to go when he was caught by Kamat of Pandrekar.
Parvez Rasool too didn't stay long as he was dismissed for naught by Pandrekar with Dubhashi managing a stumping. Skipper Mithun Manhas (12) was adjudged LBW by Amit just after J&K had crossed the 100-mark. Singh and Bisht then added 81 runs before the the former was removed by Bandekar. In the next over, R Dayal also perished as J&K slumped to 187-7 in 46.3 overs. Bisht took J&K across the 200-mark but lost Beigh (3) in the 52nd over. He also ensured J&K reach 250 when he ended by giving a catch to Alemao off Jakati. Nazir was the last man to be dismissed. Brief Score: Jammu & Kashmir 1st innings: 227 Goa 1st innings: 77 (SA Asnodkar 18; R Dayal 4/15) Jammu & Kashmir 2nd innings: 261 (P Bist 87; A Pandrekar 3/39) Goa 2nd innings: 22/0 in 10 overs.
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