Ranji Trophy 2016: After Sandeep Sharma fifer, Yuvraj Singh leads Punjab reply with 72*

Yuvraj Singh's incredible run in the Ranji Trophy continues as the Punjab skipper inches closer to another hundred.

By: PTI | Published:November 6, 2016 6:33 pm
Ranji Trophy, Ranji Trophy 2016, Yuvraj Singh, Yuvraj Singh Punjab, Punjab Yuvraj Singh, Yuvraj Singh cricket, Cricket News, Cricket Yuvraj Singh hit nine fours and one six during his unbeaten 72 off 107 balls. (Source: File)

Sandeep Sharma returned with a five-wicket haul before Manan Vohra and Jiwanjot Singh hit twin half-centuries as Punjab dismissed Uttar Pradesh for 335 and then reached 244-3 at stumps on the second day of their Ranji Triphy Group A match in Hyderabad.

Sandeep dismissed the late order batsmen — Kuldeep Yadav (71), Imtiaz Ahmed (0) and Amit Mishra (7) early today to return with figures of 29.5-4-85-5.

In reply, Punjab rode on openers Manan (59) and Jiwanjot (62) set them a platform for a good score at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium and Yuvraj Singh (72) then took Punjab across the 200-mark.

However, Saurabh Kumar dismissed Jiwanjot in the 37th over and then got rid of Vohra in the 41st over. In the 68th over, he removed Uday Kaul (34) as well.

At the draw of stumps, Mandeep Singh (10) and skipper Yuvraj were at the crease with Punjab still trailing by 91 runs in their first innings.

Resuming their first innings at an overnight score of 300-6, Uttar Pradesh could add just another 35 runs with overnight batsman Saurabh Kumar completing his half-century.

Overnight batsman Kuldeep Yadav (71) was the first to be dismissed at the 97th over and Imtiaz Ahmed (0) was then sent packing in the 101th over. Amit Mishra was the last to be dismissed in the 103rd over.

Brief Score:

Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 335 allout in 102.5 overs. Punjab 1st innings: 243/3 in 75 overs (Yuvraj Singh 72 not out; Sourabh Kumar 3/58).