Tripura v J&K, Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group C, 4th day January 2, 2014

J&K qualify, edge Goa by 0.001

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jammu & Kashmir 325 (Rasool 83, Saha 5-113) and 87 for 2 (Bandeep 37*, Rasool 35*) drew with Tripura 280 (Takawale 83, Beigh 5-80) and 272 (Dey 63, Rasool 7-87)

Prior to the 2013-14 season, the farthest Jammu & Kashmir had progressed in the Ranji Trophy was the pre-quarterfinal against Odisha in 2000-01. On Thursday, they qualified for the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal by the thinnest of margins - their quotient was 0.001 better than Goa's - after drawing their game with Tripura in Agartala.

After Goa's victory over Andhra yesterday, they were tied with J&K on four wins from eight games. J&K, having already secured three points from the first-innings lead, needed to beat Tripura on the last day or ensure they kept their score in the second innings above Goa's quotient to ensure qualification (see table). Chasing 228, J&K finished at 87 for 2, staying ahead of Goa's quotient. J&K finished with a quotient of 1.006, over Goa's 1.005.

Scores J&K needed in their 2nd inns to qualify with a draw
At FoW 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 2
Score needed 22 52 82 112 142 172 203 87
J&K's quotient 1.005132 1.005129 1.005127 1.005125 1.005123 1.005121 1.005119 1.006477
Goa's quotient 1.004856  

J&K's performance on the fourth day was built around Parvez Rasool, who finished with 7 for 87 in the second innings to restrict Tripura to 272. The hosts began the day at 103 for 2, and the overnight pair of Abhijit Dey and Kaushal Acharjee added another 48 runs before Dey fell to Rasool.

Tripura lost their next five wickets for 39 runs, but a late-order rally led by Manisankar Murasingh staved off a collapse. Murasingh added 48 with Rana Dutta before he fell for 37.

J&K were hit by the wickets of Adil Rishi and Ian Dev Singh but Bandeep Singh and Rasool ensured the side suffered no further damage, reaching 87 for 2 at stumps. Six runs less, and their quotient would have dropped that crucial 0.001 points.

Omar Abdullah, the J&K chief minister, congratulated the team on Twitter: "Congratulations to the J&K cricket team for reaching the quarters of the Ranji trophy. 1st time since 2000 so well done chaps."

J&K will now play Punjab in the quarterfinal at Moti Bagh in Baroda from January 8.

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  • android_user on January 6, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Bad luck Goa!V missed qualifying by a whisker.

  • android_user on January 3, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Way to go guys... You guys made us feel proud...

  • android_user on January 3, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    All the best for J&K because despite all odds tbey have been able to show much better performance than most of the teams in their pool.

  • android_user on January 3, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    J&k has performed better than Goa. Goa lost two matches while as J&K has lost only one. Moreover Goa succumbed to J&K.

  • Rohit... on January 3, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Goa ... Hard Luck Buddy...

  • shishirjat on January 2, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Its a real shame that Goa does not qualify despite having better tally in terms of win/loss/draw. Goa won 4 and lost just 1 where as JK won for but lost 2. The bonus points in the games should not take a team ahead of the other teams who have done better.

  • shiv944 on January 2, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Incredible performance by parvez led team.!Great guys you made us proud!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wapuser on January 2, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Great achievement for Jammu and Kashmir. Good to see Parvaiz Rasool leading from the front. Hope the team continues to put up a good show in coming fixtures as well.Best of luck guys.keep it up and God bless you all.

  • serious-am-i on January 2, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Good work JK, if Parvez was a fast bowler, he might have already made it to the national side. Fingers crossed, hopefully we get to see him soon in tricolors & succeeds.

  • dummy4fb on January 2, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    It is good for Cricket that J n K made it to Quarters .

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