Captain Yuvraj Singh fell cheaply in his Ranji Trophy season opener before Uday Kaul and Gurkeerat Singh led Punjab’s recovery against Railways on day two of the Group A match in New Delhi.
Punjab were reduced to 44 for four with Yuvraj’s dismissal before Uday (59*) and Gurkeerat (66*) steadied the ship with an unbeaten 110-run partnership.
Punjab, replying to Railways’ 331 all out, were 177 runs behind at close of play.
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Railways, starting the day from overnight 257 for five, could add only 74 runs to the total.
Punjab medium pacer Siddharth Kaul was the pick of the bowlers, ending with a five-wicket haul.
Later, Uday and Gurkeerat showed maturity to bail their team out of a tough situation. Gurkeerat was the aggressor in the partnership, hitting 10 fours and a six. Yuvraj did not last long in the middle, scoring nine off 35 balls.
Punjab’s reply came after opener Shivakant Shukla and Ashish Yadav took Railways to a competitive first innings total.
Railways: 331 all out in 118 overs (Shukla 128, Yadav 81; Siddharth Kaul 5/68). Punjab 154/4 in 57 overs (Uday Kaul 59 batting, Gurkeerat 66).
Baroda declare at 544/8 against Gujarat on Day 2
Deepak Hooda completed a strokeful century on the second day as Baroda produced a brilliant batting display to take firm control of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Gujarat at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Riding on Hooda’s century and some useful contributions from Hardik Pandhya (47) and Swapnil Singh (66 not out), Baroda declared their first innings at 544-8 after starting the day at an overnight score of 285-2.
In reply, Gujarat were at 34-0 in 15 overs. At the draw of stumps, Gujarat openers SB Gohel (12) and PK Panchal (14) were at the crease.
Baroda 1st innings: 544-8 in 155 overs declared (D Hooda 118, A Waghmode 142; Axar Patel 3/136).