CHANDIGARH, JAN 29
Chandigarh decimated Jalandhar by 114 runs to lift F.C.Mittal Trophy for Punjab Inter District Tournament for one day limited overs at PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Winning the toss Jalandhar skipper Taruwar Kohli invited Chandigarh team to take first strike. Chandigarh opened with Amit Prashar and skipper Vishwas Bhalla and the two put on 31 runs for the first wicket in 4.1 over before medium pacer Navdeep Singh induced an edge from Vishwas Bhalla for wicket keeper Sarabjit Singh to do the rest with Bhalla’s score reading (10) off 13 balls inclusive of 2x4s.
Chandigarh then lost Gurkirat Walia (4) and Amit Prashar (24) in quick succession tumbling to 49 for 3 in 10 overs. Simrat Bawa (4) and Gaurav Gambhir (9) also did not last long and at this stage Chandigarh's score was reading a dismal 93 for 5 in 20.3 overs. However, Gaurav Gupta and southpaw Bipul Sharma got together and added valuable 98 runs for the 6th wicket in 17 overs before Gaurav Gupta playing forward to right arm leg spinner Rahul Sharma was snapped by Navdeep Singh at silly mid on after hitting a punishing (67) off 88 balls laced with six sweetly timed boundaries.
Bipul Sharma was joined by Amit Uniyal and the duo added 43 runs for the 7th wicket before Bipul sharm was cleaned up by Navdeep Singh after hitting an exhilrating 74 of 65 balls laced with six beautifully hit boundaries and one towering six. Karanveer then joined Amit Uniyal and the two put on 53 runs for the 8th wicket in 5.2 overs before Karanveer was held by Rahul Sharma in the deep off medium pacer Gursewak singh after hitting a whirlwind 32 off 22 balls studded with 4 boundaries and one six.
Amit Uniyal remained unbeaten on 44 off 36 deliveries included three effortlessly hit soaring sixes which landed on the roof top. Jalandhar conceded 31 runs extra including 25 wides. The Chandigarh innings ended at 299 for 8 in the stipulated 50 overs. Setting a target of 300 for Jalandhar. The bowling honours for jalandhar were shared by Navdeep Singh 2 for 47, Gursewak Singh 2 for 43, Taruwar Kohli 2 for 46 and Rahul Sharma 2 for 70.
Replying Jalandhar started on a dismal note when their opener Ishan Malhotra was caught off an upish extra cover drive by Bhalla off the first ball of the innings bowled by Amit Uniyal reducing Jalandhar to none for one. Skipper Taruwar Kohli who stepped in to fill the breach with Satpal carried the score to 27 in 8.1 overs before Amit Uniyal struck for second time catching the other opener Satpal in front of the wicket for 8.
At this stage Taruwar Kohli and Robin singh tried to steady the Jalandhar innings and added 51 runs for the 3rd wicket before Taruwar Kohli after making a steady half century (51) off 72 balls was short of his crease of a Gaurav Gupta’s throw with wicket keeper simrat Bawa doing the rest.
Jalandhar kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and the only resistance came from their wicket keeper Sarabjit singh who got 43 off 55 balls and Robin Singh who got 30 off 48 balls. Jalandhar finally folded up for 185 in 43.3 overs leaving Chandigarh victors by 114 runs. Amit Uniyal 2 for 23, Karanveer 3 for 50, Anshul Tripathi 3 for 44 and Gaurav Gambhir 1 for 16 were the main wicket takers for Chandigarh. Left arm spinner Bipul Sharma also bowled a tidy spell of 8 overs for 28 runs but without any success.
The winners trophy and cash prize of Rs.21,000 was handed over to the Chandigarh team by Chaman Lal Malhotra, Chairman Sr.Selection Committee, PCA. Jalandharrunners up team got a cash prize of Rs.11,000 while Amit Uniyal got a cash prize of Rs.2100 for being declared man his sterling all-round performance.
Brief scores: Chandigarh: 299 for 8 in 50 overs (Amit Prashar 24, Gaurav Gupta 67, Bipul Sharma 74, Amit Uniyal not out 44, Karanveer 32, Navdeep Singh 2 for 47, Gursewak Singh 2 for 43, Taruwar Kohli 2 for 46, Rahul Sharma 2 for 70).
Jalandhar : 185 all out in 43.3 overs (Taruwar Kohli 51, Robin Singh 30, Sarabjit Singh 42
Amit Uniyal 2 for 23, Karanveer 3 for 50, Anshul Tripathi 3 for 44, Gaurav Gambhir 1 for 16).