Dhaka, Sharma put Punjab in control on Day 2

Centuries each by Vineet Dhaka and Rajat Sharma put Punjab into strong position against Jammu and Kashmir on the second day of the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy match being played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26 on Tuesday. After restricting Jammu and Kashmir to first innings total of 99 runs, Punjab declared their first innings at 361 for 5 in 92 overs. At the end of the day's play, Jammu and Kashmir were 102 for 2 in their second innings.

Punjab's first innings was bolstered by brilliant performances each by Dhaka and Sharma. While Sharma played a patient knock, Dhaka stepped up the tempo for the Punjab innings and the duo added 234 runs for the fourth wicket.

Dhaka played a knock of 148 runs off 155 balls. The batsman smashed 22 boundaries and three towering sixes during his stay at the crease. Sharma, on the other hand, played a knock of 109 runs off 275 balls. His knock was a patient knock as compared to Dhaka's knock. Sharma smashed 15 boundaries during his knock. Punjab declared their first innings at 361 for 5 one hour after lunch break.

For Jammu and Kashmir, Hussain claimed two wickets for 78 runs while Ramandeep claimed one wicket for 27 runs. Shubham Singh claimed one wicket for 34 runs.

In reply, Jammu and Kashmir were 102 for 2 in 36 overs. Abhishek Bakshi played a knock of 49 runs off 57 balls. Bakshi smashed seven boundaries and one six during his stay at the wicket. At the end of the day's play, Shubham Singh was unbeaten on 28 runs. For Punjab, Ekjot Singh claimed one wicket for nine runs while Resham claimed one wicket for 12 runs.

Brief scores : JKCA : First innings : 99 all out and Second innings : 102 for 2 in 36 overs at the end of the day's play (Abhishek Bakshi 49, Shubham Singh 28 no, Ekjot Singh 1 for 9, Resham 1 for 12),

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