November 24, 2016 11:51:25 pm
Tamil Nadu earned three points from their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Punjab on the basis of first innings lead in a game that ended in a tame draw on the final day here.
Punjab had earlier conceded a 70-run first-innings lead, thanks to Kaushik Gandhi’s career-best 164.
In the second innings, Punjab scored at 4.74 runs per over before declaring the innings at 375 for five.
Mandeep Singh hit a century, scoring 128 off 160 balls to anchor the innings. Uday Kaul (65) and skipper Gurkeerat Singh (55 off 45) also chipped in with important contributions, before Manpreet Gony hammered an unbeaten 66 off 26 balls that included eight sixes and three fours.
Chasing 306, Tamil Nadu reached 103 for one in 37 overs with Abhinav Mukund remaining unbeaten on 67 and Kaushik Gandhi on 21. The duo put on an unbroken 78 runs together for the second wicket.
Punjab: 284 & 375/5 decl (Mandeep Singh 128, Manpreet Gony 66 not out, Uday Kaul 65)
Tamil Nadu: 354 & 103/1 in 37 overs (Abhinav Mukund 67 not out).
Points: Tamil Nadu 3, Punjab 1.
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