KOLKATA: Hoping to carry on the momentum after bagging three points against Madhya Pradesh in their last game,


encountered a derailment against Jammu & Kashmir at home on Friday.
Asked to bat first on a seam-friendly DRIEMS ground track at Tangi near Cuttack, the hosts were all out for a paltry 130 in 47.2 overs in their third match of

Ranji Trophy

Elite Group D.

Visitors’ medium pacer Rohit Sharma was the wrecker-in-chief with a five-for while India pacer Umran Malik and

Umar Nazir Mir

accounted for two wickets apiece to skittle Odisha.
In reply, J&K struggled, too, making 45 for four in 18 overs at stumps but the small first-innings score by the home side means they are trailing Odisha by only 85 runs going into the second day.

Shantanu Mishra

(28 runs off 103 balls) and

Anurag Sarangi

(11 off 59 balls) started the day on a cautious note as it was difficult to play shots on a seaming track under foggy conditions. The duo took more than 23 overs to put 41 runs on board for the opening stand. But once Sarangi departed after losing his stumps to Rohit, Odisha batting collapsed like a pack of cards to go down to 67 for eight in 36th over.

No other batters scored runs in double figure in between before veteran

Govinda Poddar

(55 off 62 balls, 9×4) played his shots to help Odisha reach the 100-run mark with support from No. 10 Rajesh Mohanty (11 off 21). The duo put on 62 runs in 10 overs before both were returned by Mir in his successive overs. Poddar was the last man to depart.
With the conditions easing out, J&K openers started on a positive note. Captain Shubham Khajuria (24 off 30) and Vivrant Sharma (14 off 33) ) scored 39 in quick time before medium pacer Suryakant Pradhan returned Khajuria in the last ball of sixth over.

Odisha first-change medium pacer Sunil Roul then scalped Sharma and No. 3 Abhinav Puri to reduce J&K to 40 for three before Rajesh Mohanty returned Abdul Samad in the penultimate over of the day. With another 85 runs in hand, Odisha bowlers need to fire all cylinders on Saturday morning if they fancy any chance of securing the first-innings lead.
Brief score: Odisha 130 in 47.2 overs (S Mihsra 28, G Poddar 55; Rohit 5/12, Mir 2/27, Malik 2/34). Jammu & Kashmir 45/4 in 18 overs (S Khajuria 24; Roul 2/8). J&K trail by 85 runs.
Match to continue…

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