The only first-round match of Group B in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 that went into the final day ended in a draw as Rajasthan battled hard through Mahipal Lomror and Rajesh Bishnoi on Monday (October 9) to ensure they got at least one point from their home fixture against Jammu & Kashmir.
Rajasthan v Jammu &Kashmir in Jaipur
J&K had already taken a significant first-innings lead at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in the slow-moving match and batted on for 4.5 more overs on the final morning after resuming on 432 for 6 in response to Rajasthan’s 330.
If the idea was to score quick runs, it didn’t work, as only four runs were added for the loss of two wickets and the declaration came at 436 for 8. Only one team could have won the game from there on, and the J&K bowlers did give the home side batsmen a few jitters as they were reduced to 69 for 4 by the 20th over, but they held on courtesy Lomror and Bishnoi to end on 246 for 4.
Dishant Yagnik and Amitkumar Gautam gave Rajasthan a decent start with a 42-run stand after Rajasthan began 106 runs behind, before Mohammed Mudhasir, who picked up five wickets in the first innings, sent back Yagnik. Rohit Sharma (2 for 28) then accounted for Gautam and Robin Bist, the first-innings centurion, in quick succession and Ashok Menaria was run out to leave Rajasthan in a spot.
But Lomror, with a patient unbeaten 65 from 159 balls with 11 fours, and Bishnoi, who was more enterprising and got himself his third first-class century, ensured there was no further damage. Bishnoi hit four fours and three sixes in his 138-ball 101 not out, and the game was called off soon after he got to the three-figure mark in the 68th over.
Points: Rajasthan 1, Jammu & Kashmir 3
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