Punjab Colts are insight of a win over Rajasthan in the final of the Third All India U-19 Invitational cricket tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy,as the visitors were reduced to 225 for 5 in their second innings at the end of third day’s play at Dhruv Pandove Stadium in Patiala.
Early morning rain kept on disrupting play on several occasions and only 35 overs play was possible during the day. Rajat Chhaparwal (85) and and Yash Kothari (77) were involved in a 128-run stand for the third wicket before Yash Kothari was caught by Anmolpreet Singh off Siddharth Sharma. His innings of 77 came off 167 balls and was studded with 12 boundaries. Rajat Chhapparwal,who was stroking the ball well,was brilliantly run out by Harsrup Singh after he had compiled 85 runs off 162 runs inclusive of 7 boundaries. Rajasthan lost their last two wickets through run outs which reduced them to 225 for 5 from a healthy 204 for 3. For Punjab Siddharth Sharma (2 for 110) and Karan Kaila (1 for 47) were the main wicket takers.
Rajasthan were trailing by 105 runs on the first innings and were 120 runs ahead with five wickets in had. Punjab had scored 247 in reply to Rajasthans first innings score of 142.
Rajasthan (1st innings):142 all out in 56 overs (Rajat Chhaparwal 38,Karan Kaila 5 for 32,Sunny 2 for 24,Arpit Singh 2 for 30) (2nd Innings): 225 for 5 in 65.5 overs (Yash Kothari 77,Rajat Chhaparwal 85,Siddharth Sharma 2 for 110,Karan Kaila 1 for 47),Punjab (1st innings): 247 all out in 69.3 overs (Anmolpreet Singh 56,Nikhil Choudhary 37,Harsaroop Singh 54,Arpit Singh 24,Nathu Singh 6 for 80,Shubham Singh 2 for 36)