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Colts shine, seniors donít

The state seniors continued with their sorry form on the cricket turf, stumbling to defeat by an innings and 187 run against Hyderabad during their Group B Col CK Nayudu Trophy (U-25) tie at Keenan Stadium on Sunday.

Thankfully though, the state colts did not follow in the footsteps of the seniors, drubbing Bengal by seven wickets on Sunday to finish on top at the Vinoo Mankad Trophy zonal league one-day tournament that was being held in Assam. The win guaranteed the state U-19 outfit a place in the knockout round that kicks-off in Odisha from November 6.

For the junior team, skipper Vishal Singh led from the front, bamboozling the Bengal batsmen and scalping six wickets with his slow loopy off-spinners. Later, Vishal also wielded his broad willow to score 30 runs and help his side pull a comfortable win against their fancied neighbours.

Chasing 166 for victory, the Jharkhand boys romped home with more than 10 overs to spare (in 40.5 overs) and with seven wickets intact.

In contrast, the U-25 team failed to put up any resistance and was blown away by a determined Hyderabadi side at the Keenan Stadium.

The Hyderabadi bowlers bowled with a heart and the batsmen aided them by their atrocious shot selection.

Resuming on their overnight score of 59 for two, Jharkhand batsmen were skittled out for 188 runs in their first innings, thanks largely to the spin of A.A. Bhandari who picked up four wickets for 52.

The Hyderabad team captain then had no qualms in asking the state to follow on.

The stateís second essay was even more disappointing than the first, with none of the batsmen having any answers for Bhandariís spin again.

The spinner grabbed five wickets in his second innings for 27 runs to help the southern team help bowl the state out for 98 runs in 39.4 overs. Barring Ajatshatru Singh, who scored 36 runs, none of the other batsmen could find their eye in.

Hyderabad had scored a whopping 473 runs on the same pitch in their first innings.

The Jharkhand U-25 players had earlier lost also conceded three points to Andhra Pradesh at the same venue. The southern team collected the points on the basis of their first innings lead.