Thatscricket - News - Orissa enter Ranji quarter-finals beating J&K

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Cuttack: Hosts Orissa assured itself of entering the Ranji Trophy quarter-final stage on Tuesday by beating Jammu&Kashmir for a paltry 151 runs and taking a first innings lead of 350 runs in the pre-quarter-final match.Orissa skipper Sanjay Raul, however, opted for batting practice without enforcing the follow on. At close of play on Tuesday, Orissa in their second knock had scored 228 for four with Raul unbeaten on 90.Earlier resuming their overnight score of 102 for four, the Jammu&Kashmir batsmen failed to tackle the double spin attack of S K Satpathy and Jagannath Das. Satpathy, the left-arm spinner, claimed the prized wickets of Kamaljeet Singh and Aswani Gupta while leg spinner Jagannath Das dismissed Sashi Kumar cheaply.Kamaljeet and Aswani, the two overnight not out batsmen, were the only one's who showed some resistance to the double spin attack. Kamaljeet scored 57 while Aswani scored 28. None of the other batsmen dismissed on Tuesday reached the double figure.Satpathy had match figures of 4 for 39 while Jagannath Das claimed 3 for 15.With a huge first innings lead of 350 runs, Orissa started its second innings in style. Openers Suresh Kumar and Pradeep Das started briskly before Pradeep was trapped lbw by Surender Singh for 11.The fall of the first wicket brought skipper Sanjay Raul to the crease. Raul and Suresh tore apart the Jammu&Kashmir attack with Suresh reaching his half-century off 88 balls.Raul on the other hand registered his half-century off just 68 balls. Introduction of spinner Jagtar Singh by Jammu &Kashmir skipper Abdul Qayoom put a check on the leather hunt launched by Raul and Suresh. Jagtar bowled Suresh for 55 but this provided little relief to the visitors, as P Jayachandra, who had failed in the first innings, seemed to take of from where Suresh had left.Jayachadra scored almost a run a ball before Jagtar dismissed him for 41. He had eight hits to the fence and faced 42 balls. Wicket keeper Goutam Gopal however did not last long as he became the third victim of Jagtar. Gopal scored 15.At the other end, Raul was ten short of his century while Debashis Mahanty remained 2 not out. Skipper Raul who wanted the others to have some batting practice had held the first innings heroes R R Parida and P Mallick, who had scored 220 and 191 runs respectively, back. UNI

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