by Shakir Ashraf
SRINAGAR: On the opening day of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy defending champion Karnataka defeated Jammu and Kashmir by 43 runs.
A team led by Parvaiz Rasool won the toss and opted to bowl.
Batting first Karnataka managed to set the total of 150 for five in their allotted twenty overs. Parvaiz Rasool bowled an economical spell by taking two wickets and considering only 18 runs in his four overs. However, Aquib Nabi took two wickets and Abid Mushtaq took one wicket.
Ahmad Banday and Qamran Iqbal were the opener pair for JK. However, both were looking good till the ist wicket fell down in the last ball of fourth over on the score of 25.
Wickets started falling continuously till the Abdul Samad came von the crease and scored 30 runs from 27 balls in which he hit two sixes and one boundary and remained the highest scorer for J & K.Finally J&K team was bundled for 107 in their 18.4 overs.
J&K will play his second match of the tournament on January 12 against Tripura.