Maninder, tail-enders help Punjab take huge first innings lead against Saurashtra

Continuing from where he had left the previous day, Maninder Singh continued to torment the Saurashtra bowlers as he completed a superb century (109) to help Punjab take a huge first innings lead of 213 runs in their Cooch Behar Trophy match being played at Rajkot. However, Saurashtra also gave a solid reply and were 83 for no loss at the end of the play in their second innings.

Earlier, Punjab resumed from their overnight score of 236 for 3 and amassed 486 in 188 overs. Overnight batsman Maninder smashed 109 off 159 deliveries. He milked the opposition bowlers to help the Punjab team take the first innings lead. His knock contained 13 timely boundaries.

Maninder was not the only one who starred with the bat for Punjab. Vinay Chaudhar also used the wooden willow to good effect and scored a quickfire half-century while Amritpal blazed 62 runs off just 52 balls, as Punjab looked to score in excess of 500 runs. Vinay and Amritpal added 92 runs for the ninth wicket. Vinay's knock included two boundaries while Amritpal hit a four and four towering sixes during his knock. K Karan Chandani grabbed three wickets for Saurashtra while Tejpal Gohil, P Mankad and K Parmar bagged two wickets each.

In reply, Saurashtra were 83 for no loss in 33 overs at the close of the play. Shell Patel was unbeaten on 32 runs. He smashed three boundaries during his 98-ball knock. Jasmin Sitapara was batting on 48 off 100 deliveries with the help of seven boundaries.

Brief scores: Saurashtra: 1st innings: 273 all out; Punjab: 1st innings: 486 all out in 118 overs (Prabhjot Singh 118, Maninder Singh 109, Vinay Chaudhary 69, Amritpal Singh 62 no, Mohit Handa 31, Karan Kaila 27, Mandeep Singh 21, Navneet Singh 9, K.Karan Chandani 3 for 119, K.Parmar 2 for 53, Tejpal Gohil for 2 for 74, P.Mankad 2 for 93); Saurashtra: 2nd innings: 83 for no loss in 33 overs (Jasmene Sitapara 48 no, Snell Patel 32 no)

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