Jammu and Kashmir shocked 40-time champions Mumbai by bundling them out for a meagre 236 in the first innings on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group A game in Mumbai on Sunday.
Further tightening the grip, the visitors reached 88 for one at stumps to take away the opening day’s honours. Opener Shubham Khajuria (47) and one-down batsman Bandeep Singh (34) were at the crease at the end of day one.Opting to bat, Mumbai raced to 50 in less than 10 overs with debutant openers Kevin Almeida (19) and Bravish Shetty (35) putting up a fine show.
However, a disciplined bowling effort from the visiting team’s medium pacers applied the brakes at regular intervals to pack off the fancied Mumbai batsmen and skittle them out for 236 in 61 overs at the stroke of tea. Ram Dayal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 51 from his two eight-over spells. He was ably supported by impressive left arm spin from Waseem Raza (3/29) that brought Mumbai to their knees.
Mumbai were undone by some excellent wicket to wicket bowling by mainly Dayal — among the new ball bowlers — and teasing flight by Raza. For Mumbai, skipper Suryakumar Yadav top-scored with a 55-ball 57. But it was some lusty late order hitting by Dhawal Kulkarni, who made a quick unbeaten 42 off 61 balls inclusive of four sixes and one four, that helped Mumbai’s cross 200.
J&K skipper Parvez Rasool, who came on to bowl after the 45th over, picked up two tailenders while the other two medium pacers Samiullah Beigh, who was hit for six fours in two overs by Shetty in his first spell, and Umar Nazir got one each.
J&K began their reply poorly when opener Adil Reshi was caught at long leg by Kulkarni, hooking a short ball from Shardul Thakur, but then had a slice of luck when the same bowler put down next man Bandeep Singh in the same over.
Mumbai: 236 all out in 61 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 57, Dhawal Kulkarni 42 not out, Bravish Shetty 35; Ram Dayal 3/51, Waseem Raza 3/29).
J&K: 88 for one (Shubham Khajuria batting 47, Bandeep Singh batting 34).