A Dhanbad batsman hits one down the ground during their match against Jamshedpur on Thursday. (Bhola Prasad)
Southpaw Saurabh Tiwary and Ishank Jaggi notched polished half-centuries on Thursday to power Jamshedpur to its second straight win on Day Two of the senior inter-district (Elite) cricket tournament for the HP Bodhanwala Trophy. The tournament is underway at the Shahid Nirmal Mahto Stadium.
Bokaro, which had kicked off its campaign with a 143-run victory, too continued its winning ways, handing Hazaribagh an 80-run drubbing at Telco ground.
Jamshedpur, however, made a rough start to their innings losing opener Vishal Singh for 20 after being put into bat by Dhanbad captain Shahbaz Nadeem.
However, the likes of Jaggi, Tiwary and Aakash Verma who came in next not only steadied the ship but also ensured that opposition captain Nadeem was the only one breaking out in a cold sweat .
Tiwary blasted a quick fire 70 runs off 56 balls (7x4, 1x6) to give momentum to the Jharkhand innings with able support from Jaggi who played a little cameo of 64 runs in 41 balls, which was studded with five boundaries and four monstrous sixes.
The Dhanbad bowling was carted to all parts of the park with the Jharkhand batting mainstays displaying ominous form with the willow.
Opening the innings for the state, Verma settled into a nice groove with his partner Singh to keep the run flow steady in the first part of the innings. However, the dismissal of Singh by Nilmani Jha opened the floodgates of runs for the hosts .
Nadeem was the pick of the bowlers for the Dhanbad team scalping four important wickets for 58 run, while seamer Jha ended with haul of four wickets for 35 runs. The Jamshedpur team set their Dhanbad counterparts a mammoth score of 303 runs to chase for victory.
In reply, the Dhanbad chase never got off to a start thanks to some penetrative bowling by Jamshedpur.
The coal capital team was bowled out for 223 runs in 42 overs.
with Vishal Singh more than making up for his batting failure by bamboozling the batsmen with his off-spin and scalping five wickets for 52 runs. Jaskaran Singh and Mithun Mukherjee picked up two wickets apiece to destroy Dhanbad’s star-studded batting line-up.