Mandeep Singh struck his maiden century of the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, while Yuvraj Singh was nearing his third successive ton, as Punjab reached 327 for three on day one of their Group B match against Saurashtra here on Sunday.
Yuvraj was batting on 95 alongside Mandeep, who was on 154 off 228 balls. Medium pacer Sudeep Tyagi was the most successful bowler for Saurashtra with figures of two for 51 in 15 overs.
Yuvraj made a statement with another solid knock after not being named among the 30 probables for the 2015 World Cup. The stylish left-hander smashed 11 boundaries and couple of sixes in his 176-ball effort.
He had scored 59 and 130 in Punjab’s tournament opener against Haryana before making 136 in the first innings against Maharashtra in Pune.
Brief scores: Punjab 327 for 3 in 90 overs (Mandeep Singh batting 154, Yuvraj Singh batting 95; Sudeep Tyagi 2/51, Kamlesh Makwana 1/81) against Saurashtra.
Odisha bowl out Haryana for 127
Odisha won a good toss as its seam trio of Basant Mohanty, Suryakant Pradhan and Deepak Behera skittled out hosts Haryana for a paltry 127 in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament, here on Sunday.
At stumps, Odisha did well to finish at 39 for no loss having seen off the final 18 overs in the day.
They now need 88 runs to take the first innings lead. Earlier, it was Odisha skipper Abhilash Mallick, who won the toss and promptly put the hosts into bat.
Basant (3/40), Suryakant (3/35) and Deepak (3/33) shared the spoils equally amongst themselves as Abhimanyu Khod (38) could make a significant contribution.
The green-top and conditions aided seam bowling and the Odisha bowlers pitched it in right areas to gain maximum advantage as Haryana were all out in only 41.1 overs.
The post-lunch session on second day is best for batting and Odisha would want their former captain Natraj Behera (29 batting) to capitalise on the start that he has got.
Another man, who has played a lot at this venue is Biplab Samantray and his experience will come in handy.
Brief scores: Haryana 1st innings 127 in 41.1 overs (Abhimanyu Khod 38, Basant Mohanty 3/40, Suryakant Pradhan 3/35, Deepak Behera 3/33). Odisha 1st inning 39 for no loss in 18 overs (Natraj Behera 29 batting).