Jalaj stars as Madhya Pradesh beat J&K

Published: Monday, November 19, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Jammu: An unbeaten knock of 57 runs by Jalaj Sexsena helped visitors Madhya Pradesh side to an easy victory by four wickets against hosts Jammu and Kashmir on the final day of the Ranji Trophy Plate Group B match here today.

Resuming at their overnight score of 18 runs for the loss of three wickets, Madhya Pradesh chased the target of 131 runs in 39.4 overs, still having four wickets in hand.

Jalaj Sexsena, who was the crease yesterday, kept the scoreboard rotating and did not let MP face the pressure from the J&K seamers.

His 57 runs (7x4) off 87 deliveries, ensured that Madhya Pradesh looked confident despite losing early wickets in the morning on grassy top.

Shantanu Pitre (12), Rahul Bakshi (10) and MP skipper Brijesh Tomar (11) were the outgoing batsmen from MP side on the final day as Murtaza Ali accompanied Jalaj and the duo punished the J&K bowlers for a relaxed win.

However, pacer Sameer Ali, who crippled the MP innings with a three-wicket haul yesterday, remained dry in his today"s spells but the spinners struck for the hosts in the pre lunch session.

Right arm spinner, Sameer Khajuria was given the ball for the first time in the match and he clicked twice whereas another spinner Jagtar Singh managed to grab one wicket.


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