Sports Reporter

Delhi beat J&K by six wickets

Himachal was too good for Services

ROHTAK: Haryana snatched a sensational one-run win over Punjab in the North Zone one-day limited-overs match for Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal cricket stadium, Lahli, here on Wednesday.

Chasing a target of 154, Punjab made a mess of an easy task as three of its batsmen committed hara kiri — one was stumped and two run out — with barely 20 runs to win. When Punjab needed just two for victory, the home side exerted pressure and tasted success.

Mandeep shines

Young Mandeep Singh (56, 85b, 8x4) was the lone visiting batsman to make a mark. For the third wicket, he added 66 runs with Ravi Inder Singh (30). Promising Yuzvender Chahal accounted for three Punjab batsmen and played a key role in his team’s win.

Earlier, Punjab new ball bowler Love Ablish tested the Haryana batsmen in his opening spell. He found Ankit Rawat’s outside edge to wicketkeeper Uday Kaul and breached Sunny Singh’s defence with an in-swinger to leave the host ruffled at 18 for two in the 10th over.

Thereafter, Haryana lost wickets at regular intervals because of a few rash shots by its batsmen and some disciplined bowling by the visiting bowlers. The mounting pressure prevented the home team from achieving a healthy run rate.

Rahul top scores

However, Rahul Dewan (76, 133b, 2x4, 1x6) put up a determined performance to emerge as the top-scorer for the side. He was dismissed in the 44th over when he stepped out to leg-spinner Rahul Sharma and was stumped.

The 49-run fifth wicket partnership between Dewan and Joginder Sharma (25), the only other home batsman to get into double figures, was the main reason behind Haryana crossing the 150-run mark.

For Punjab, Ablish, first-change medium pacer Jaskaran Singh and Rahul Sharma bagged three wickets each.

Easy for Delhi

At the Shah Satnam Ji Stadium in Sirsa, Delhi raced to a six-wicket victory over Jammu and Kashmir with six overs to spare. Mithun Manhas top-scored with 70, while Shikhar Dhawan and Rajat Bhatia came up with half centuries.

At the Teri Oval in Gurgaon, Himachal Pradesh beat Services by six wickets with 7.4 overs to spare, thanks to a solid foundation by openers Sangram Singh and Hemant Dogra.

The scores: Haryana 153 in 47.1 overs (Rahul Dewan 76) bt Punjab 152 in 46.4 overs (Mandeep Singh 56).

Jammu & Kashmir 244 for eight in 50 overs (Parvez Rassol 47, D. Mahajan 47, Imraj Thakur 43) lost to Delhi 250 for four in 44 overs (Mithun Manhas 70, Rajat Bhatia 59 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 57).

Services 213 for nine in 47 overs (Yashpal Singh 62, Mohammad Qadir 50) lost to Himachal Pradesh 214 for four in 42.2 overs (Hemant Dogra 54, Sangram Singh 44, Vinit Ajit Indulkar 40).

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