Resham’s fiver help Punjab register outright victory over JKCA

Punjab were expected to steamroll the JKCA team in the first session itself but the visiting team's remaining three wickets batted surprisingly well and emerged as a thorn in the host team's flesh as they defied the inevitable till lunch. In course of their heroic efforts, the JKCA tailenders added 110 runs but the Punjab team finally romped home with an impressive innings and 50 runs victory over them in the Under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy match played at Government Model Senior Secondary School ground in Sector 26 on Wednesday. Resham Gupta emerged as the topbowler for Punjab as he scalped sixwickets in the second innings to steer the team to victory

After putting the visiting team on the mat the previous day, the Punjab bowlers toiled on Wednesday morning but eventually tasted victory on their home turf. Earlier, JKCA resumed from their overnight score of 102 runs for the loss of seven wickets and added 110 more runs to their total before being bowled out for 212 in 82.5 overs.

Shubham Singh, unbeaten on 28 overnight, went on to register a fine half-century and was finally out for wellmade 64 runs. Sahil Malhotra also batted well during his innings of 24 runs.

However, the day belonged to Resham as he picked up a five-wicket haul to star with the ball for Punjab. Kuljeet Kuhar, Jaswinder Saini, Ikjot Singh and Vineet Dhaka shared the remaining four wickets.

Punjab were rewarded for their outstanding performance as they garnered seven points from the outright victory. Punjab has now 11 points from their three outings. They will now play Himachal in their last league match at Amter (Nadaun).

BRIEF SCORES:

JKCA: 1st innings: 99; Punjab: 361 for 5 declared; JKCA: 2nd innings: 212 all out in 82.5 overs (Shubham Singh 64, Abhishant Bakshi 49, Sahil Malhotra 24, Tushar Gupta 14, Resham Sharma 6 for 58, Vineet Dhaka 1 for 7, Ikjot Singh 1 for 14, Jaswinder Saini 1 for 20, Kuljeet Kuhar 1 for 52).

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