Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored only 9 runs on his return to domestic cricket but Jharkhand managed to beat a spirited Jammu and Kashmir by 5 runs in the opening group B league match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Batting first, Jharkhand were all out for 210 in 50 overs but then bowled well to restrict J&K to 205 for seven in 50 overs.
Dhoni, who played for his home state after eight long years, lasted 24 balls before he tried to hit 22-year-old left-arm spinner Waseem Raza and in the process was caught by Parvez Rasool.
India’s limited overs captain came into bat at the start of the 21st over but the slowness of the pitch made it difficult to play his strokes.
Save a solitary boundary, he found it difficult to even nudge around as Rasool (1/30 in 10 overs) and Raza (3/31 in 10 overs) kept batsmen under check.
Apart from Ishank Jaggi, who scored 54 opening the innings and Kaushal Singh (53), none of the other Jharkhand players even crossed 20.
When J&K batted, it was the turn of left-arm spinner and IPL regular Shahbaz Nadeem (3/28) to torment the opposition while India’s Test pacer Varun Aaron (0/52 in 10 overs) was taken to task by Rasool.