MPCA knocks PCC out to surge ahead

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) created an upset of sorts in the ongoing 19th All India JP Atray cricket tournament being played for Pearls Trophy, by knocking out defending champions Punjab Cricket Club (PCC) out of the competition in a match at PCA stadium in Mohali.

MPCA recorded a three-wicket win over PCC to continue their good form. Winning the toss, MPCA invited PCC to bat first and restricted them on 228 runs in 48.1 overs.

Swashbuckling batsman Gukirat Mann contributed with a fine knock of 57 runs while Manish Bhatia slammed 42 runs to give PCC the launching pad. After their fall, PCC got into trouble and were at 162 for the loss of five wickets in 36 overs.

From there on, somehow PCC could not recover and lost the plot completely.

Eventually they were bowled out for 228 runs. For MPCA, Gaurav Yadav (3 for 47) and Rameez Khan (3 for 45) bowled well to put PCC on the backfoot. In reply, MPCA were determined to achieve the target, that too with the bonus point in order to stay aloft in the tournament.

Riding high on Anand Singh's superb 70-ball knock of 69 runs, MPCA won the match in the 40th over and also bagged the bonus point. Anand was ably supported by Salman Beg who scored 39 runs off 22 balls. Rameez Khan (34), Amithpal (23) and Udit Birla (21) were the other contributors with the bat for MPCA. Left-arm spinner Rajwinder Golu (3 for 51) and medium-pacer Harmeet Bansal (2 for 68) were the main wicket takers for PCC.

Brief Scores: PCC: 228 for all in 48.1 overs (Gurkirat Mann 57, Manish Bhatia 42, Gurinder Singh 24, Rajwinder Gollu 22, Yadav 3 for 47, Rameez Khan 3 for 45, Amarjit Singh 2 for 39) lost to MPCA: 229 for 7 in 40 overs (Anand Singh 69, Salman Beg 39, Rameez Khan 34, Amithpal 23, Udit Birla 21, Rajwinder Golu 3 for 51, Harmeet Bansal 2 for 68)

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