A superb unbeaten century (102) by R Bishnoi put Chandigarh in a good position against Patiala in their Under-16 ML Markan Trophy (Group A) match played at Dhruve Pandove Stadium on Friday. Opener Jagmeet Singh also slammed 96 runs but missed out on a well-deserved century,as he gave a good start to the Punjab team.
Earlier,Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers A Shrivastava (40) and Jagmeet put on 90 runs for the first wickets before Shrivastava was dismissed. Coming one down,Jasnoor Singh could not do much as he was out after scoring just eight runs. It was at this stage that Bishnoi joined Jagmeet and the duo took on Patiala bowlers. Bishnoi was the more aggresive of the two as he scored 82 runs in the 132 run partnership for the third wicket. After taking the score to 233,Jagmeet fell short of his century and was out for 96 runs which he made with the help of 15 boundaries and one towering six off 272 deliveries.
Bishnoi continued in the same vein and completed his century and remained unbeaten when the stumps were drawn. His century helped the Chandigarh team post 265 runs for the loss of four wickets in 100 overs. Bishnoi’s knock came off 172 balls and was studded with 12 boundaries. N Pandita was giving him company at the other end at 17. A Tipnis,S Badoni,M Markanda and A Pandove took one wicket each for the Patiala team.
Meanwhile,in the second match between Mohali and Jalandhar,Mohali scored 358 runs for the loss of two wickets in 95 overs at the end of the day’s play. Shubham Gill hammered 121 runs off 173 balls with the help of 21 boundaries while Nirmal Singh (74),Siddharth Rawat (97 not out) and Taranpreet Singh (62 not out) slammed half-centuries each as Jalandhar bowlers toiled hard to find wickets. Only Rajeshwar managed to take two wickets for the Jalandhar team.
Punjab enter semis of basketball tourney
Mumbai : Star-studded ONGC will take on Indian Air Force while Punjab will cross swords with Indian Overseas Bank in the men’s semi-finals of the 28th All India Ramu Memorial basketball tournament here today. ONGC,who rested one of their key players Yadvinder Singh – today outclassed Punjab 72-58 to top Group ‘A’ in the league phase at the Indian Gymkhana. The winners were solid inside the key and scored 42 points from the paint.