|Ranji Trophy|Andhra turn tables on J&K after conceding lead

Andhra, trailing J&K by 79 runs in the first innings, shot out their rivals for a meager 111 on the fourth and final day of the game and then reached the target for the loss of six wickets in 49.3 overs.

Andhra turned the tables on Jammu and Kashmir in a dramatic fashion after conceding the first innings lead, as they romped to an exciting four-wicket victory with 15 balls to spare in a Ranji Trophy Group C match.

Andhra, trailing J&K by 79 runs in the first innings, shot out their rivals for a meager 111 on the fourth and final day of the game and then reached the target for the loss of six wickets in 49.3 overs.

 

Andhra had to make 191 in 52 overs and they completed the chase when Siva Kumar struck J&K off spinner Parvez Rasool for a boundary.

The other unconquered batsman was Ashwin Hebbar who made an invaluable 27 in 33 balls with five fours.

Andhra were 82 for 3 at tea, needing 109 runs for victory, and were pushed back by a two-wicket burst in successive overs by medium pacer Ram Dayal to leave them at 149 for five.

Dayal sent back top scorer DB Ravi Teja (50) after breaking the stubborn fourth-wicket partnership of 62 between the two-down batsman and A G Pradeep (27) by castling the latter.

But Hebbar kept his cool and although Rasool, who picked up the first three wickets, struck by dismissing M Sriram when Andhra were 174, he stuck to his task admirably and took his team past the finish line in the company of Siva Kumar.

While Rasool did the early damage, first innings bowling hero for J&K Aamir Aziz went wicket-less after bowling 17 overs for 73 runs.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt ran through the J&K line-up by grabbing five for 60. He was given good support by medium pacer P Vijay Kumar, who claimed three wickets.

J&K, overnight 31 for 2, were all out in 55 overs after having made 334 in the first innings to which Andhra had replied with 255.

Andhra secured six points for the win to take their points tally to 8 from three matches while J&K remained on 7 points from three games.

Brief scores: 

First Inning 

J&K: 334/10 ( Khajuria 90, Bandeep 63, Parvez 45)

AP: 255/10 ( R Teja 81, Pradeep 47, Aziz 5 wkts)

2nd Inning 

J&K: 111/10 (Khajuria 49; Bhatt 5 wkts, Kumar 3 wkts)

AP: 194/6 (Bharat 31, Ravi Teja 50, Hebbar 27*, Parvez 3 wkts)

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