Haryana get better of Services
The laidback feel of the Palam ground often conceals the intensity of matches played there. And on Tuesday it was hardly different.india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 01:34 IST
The laidback feel of the Palam ground often conceals the intensity of matches played there. And on Tuesday it was hardly different. While Services and Haryana were battling it out an extremely crucial Ranji tie, there were a host of other activities all around -- a friendly match on ground 2, an Air Force net session just outside the main ground and even a few dogs strolling about, looking very agitated at the invasion of their privacy.
However, the action in the middle was hardly a "stroll in the park". Both teams fought tooth and nail for every run and while, each enjoyed periods of domination, the other clawed its way right back into the game. After winning the toss, Haryana rode on a 110-run opening stand between Sumeet Sharma and Mahesh Rawat and useful contributions by Siddharth Verma and Sachin Rana in the lower order to finish on 271 for 8 in their 50 overs.
The Service' reply began miserably with Narender Singh scooping one off super-sub Mann to mid-on in the second over. Amrinder Singh was sent up the order to make optimum use of the power plays and did a reasonable job by scoring 32 off 33. However, just as it seemed that he had got his eye in; he was needlessly run-out.
Haryana (Sumeet Sharma c Tomar b Amrinder 52, Rawat c Mohanty b Narender Kumar 66, Sunny Singh run out Yashpal 21, Shafiq lbw b Mohanty 20, Joginder run out Narender Kumar 16, Siddharth Verma not out 41, Rana c Yashpal b Mohammed 30, Bamal c Narender Singh b Narender Kumar 11, Sahu c Narender Kumar b Ghag 1 Amit Mishra not out 1). Extras (nb-2, w-10) 12.
Total: (in 50 ovs, 8 wkts) 271
Fall of wkts: 110-1, 144-2, 155-3, 186-4, 186-5, 223-6, 259-7, 263-8.
Bowling: Narender Kumar 10-0-79-2, Ghag 10-1-49-1, Mohammed 10-1-50-1, Amrinder 10-0-48-1, Mohanty 10-0-45-1.
Services (Narender Singh c Bamal b Mann 3, Tomar b Joginder 24,Amrinder Singh run out Rana 32, Jasvir Singh run out Sumeet 24, Yashpal Singh c&b Mishra 75, Upadhyay run out Sahu, Mohanty st. Rawat b Mishra 5, Narender Kumar lbw b Mishra, Ghag not out 2, Mohammed c Bamal b Vashisht 0). Extras: (lb-4, w-4, nb-4) 12.
Total (in 45.4 ovs) 228
Fall of wkts: 5-1, 56-1, 72-3, 108-4, 184-5, 213-6, 224-7, 226-8, 227-9.
Bowling: Joginder 8-0-33-1, Mann 6-0-35-1, Sunny Singh 4-0-33-0, Mishra 10-1-41-3, Rana 7-0-30-0, Vashisht 7.4-0-35-1 , Sahu 3-0-17-1.