by sportswire4u.blogspot.com (Balbir)
CHANDIGARH, FEB 29
Punjab recorded 84 runs win over Himachal in their last North Zone League match played at SSCB ground in New Delhi and qualified for the knock stage of Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Winning the toss Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh opted to bat first. Punjab scored 217 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs. Gurkirat Mann (59 off 43 balls with 7x4s), Mandeep Singh (34), Chandan Madan (22) ,Taruwar Kohli (31,, 2x6s) and Manpreet Gony (11 not out) were the main run getters for Punjab. For Himachal Rahul Singh (3 for 38) and R.R. Dhawan (2 for 44) were the main wicket takers.
In reply HPCA were bundled out for 133 in 41.5 overs. They were helped in their cause by A.S.Bali (26 ), R.R. Dhawan (43 not out, 7x4s, 1x6) and P.S.Chopra (18). For Punjab Manpreet Gony ( 2 for 23), Rajwinder Singh (5 for 20) and Bipul Sharma (2 for 31) were the main wicket takers. Punjab won by 84 runs and with this win Punjab qualified for knock out stage with No.2 position in the North Zone with 16 points whereas Delhi are at No.1 position with 19 points.
Brief scores: Punjab: 217 for 8 in 50 overs (Gurkirat Mann 59, Mandeep Singh 34, Chandan Madan 22, Taruwar Kohli 31, Manpreet Gony 11 not out, Rahul Singh 3 for 38, R.R. Dhawan 2 for 44).
HPCA: 133 all out in 41.5 overs (A.S.Bali 26, R.R. Dhawan 43 not out and P.S.Chopra 18,Manpreet Gony 2 for 23, Rajwinder Singh 5 for 20 and Bipul Sharma 2 for 31).