Captain Shahbaz Nadeem spun the web around Jammu & Kashmir batsmen with stunning match figures of 9-104 as Jharkhand scored a comfortable innings and 31 run win over the hosts on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match, here today.
After returning with figures of 3-50 in the first innings, left-arm spinner Nadeem once again starred with the ball and scalped six wickets for 54 runs to bowl out Jammu and Kashmir for 152 runs in their second essay.
In reply to Jammu and Kahsmir's 195, Jharkhand ended their first innings at 377 after resuming at the overnight score of 354 for eight.
Rameez Nemat (75), Saurabh Tiwary (72) and wicket-keeper Shiv Gautam (80) made crucial contributions in the first innings to put Jharkhand in the drivers.
Starting their second essay trailing Jharkhand by 182 runs, Jammu and Kashmir batsmen surrendered in front of Nadeem to be bundled out for 152, thereby losing their Ranji opener by an innings and 31 runs with a complete day's play still remaining in the match.
Apart from Nadeem, pacer Jaskaran Singh (2/15) scalped two wickets, while Shankar Rao and Sunny Gautam acounted for one Jammu and Kashmir batsman each.
For Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez Rasool top-scored in the second innings with 31, while Hardeep Singh made 29.
In another Group C match, Himachal Pradesh rode on a strong batting performance to stand on the verge an innings victory over Kerala at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Nadaun.
After Paras Dogra's 121 yesterday, Amit Kumar (101) and Rishi Dhawan (102 not out) slammed centuries to propel Himachal to 536 for six declared in their first innings in reply to Kerala's 229.
At the draw of stumps on day three, Kerela are tottering at 28 for three in their second essay, still trailing Himachal by 279 runs with a full day's play remaining.
Left-arm pacer Mohinder Sharma (2/1) accounted for two wickets, while Vikramjeet Malik picked up the other Kerela batsmen to be fall on the day.
For Kerala, Vasudevan Jagadeesh was not out on six.
Jammu & Kashmir: 195 and 151 all out in 49 overs (Parvez Rassol 31, Hardeep Singh 29; Shahbaz Nadeem 6/54).
Jharkhand: 377 all out in 120.5 overs (Shiv Gautam 80, Rameez Neemat 75, Saurabh Tiwary 72; Parvez Rassol 3/96).
Kerala 1st innings: 229 and 28 for three in eight overs (Sony Cheruvathur 18; Mohinder Sharma 2/1).
HP 1st innings: 536 for six decl in 158 overs (Paras Dogra 121, Amit