Jaskaran Sohi and skipper Himanshu Satyawan hammered half-centuries to prop hosts Punjab, against Uttar Pradesh, on day one of their Col CK Nayudu match at the PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar, on Monday.
As a result, the home side, which was reeling at 106 for 4 at one stage, managed to reach 243 for the loss of five wickets at the close of day’s play.
Earlier in the day, the visitors won the toss and opted to field first. Punjab opened with Manan Vohra and Prabjot Singh, and the two added 34 runs for the first wicket in 8.3 overs.
At this stage, the batting side suffered the first setback when Vohra was caught by Rakashaan Faraz off Hasan Akhtar on the personal score of 30-ball 21, inclusive of five boundaries.
Prabjot was now joined by Pargat Singh, but the association between the two did not last long as the latter was caught leg-before by Nagendra Chaudhary for eight runs. Punjab scoreboard was reading 50 for 2 at this point.
Satyawan, who stepped in after the fall of Pargat, and Prabjot tried to pull the team out of the mess, in the process adding 34 runs for the third-wicket stand.
The modest partnership ended when Prabjot was stumped by wicketkeeper Zahid Ali off Zeeshan Ansari for sedate 41 runs (off 81 balls), comprising of seven hits to the fence.
As next-in Bhupinder Singh also walked back to the pavilion after making a modest contribution of 20 runs, thus reducing the team to 106 for 4, Satyawan and Sohi joined forces to revive the team innings.
The duo added 74 runs for the fifth wicket in 21 overs, and Satyawan also completed his half-century in
The skipper could, however, add only eight runs to his half-century before getting caught by wicketkeeper Zahid off Akshdeep Nath.
Satyawan’s 58-run knock came off 80 balls, and was studded with 10 boundaries and one towering six.
Meanwhile, Sohi continued to play with aplomb to reach his half-century, and also fashioned another, unbeaten fruitful partnership of 63 runs with Karan Kaila to help Punjab reach a healthy total of 243 for 5 before the stumps were drawn.
At the close of play, Sohi was batting on 53, while Kaila was on 37. For Uttar Pradesh, Nagendra Chaudhary was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed two wickets for 72 runs.
Brief scores: Punjab: 243 for 5 in 73 overs (Jaskaran Sohi 53no, Himanshu Satyawan 58, Karan Kaila 37no, Nagendra Chaudhary 2 for 72).