Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mann turns Punjab’s Man Friday

Continuing his impressive form, Gurkeerat Mann proved the match-winner with an unbeaten 91 as Punjab scored a five-wicket victory over arch-rival Haryana at the Air Force ground, Palam, here on Friday.

Gurkeerat Mann’s unbeaten 91 guided his team to victory against Haryana on Friday.   -  File photo: Sandeep Saxena

 

Continuing his impressive form, Gurkeerat Mann proved the match-winner with an unbeaten 91 as Punjab scored a five-wicket victory over arch-rival Haryana at the Air Force ground, Palam, here on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Vidarbha posted an easy seven-wicket victory over Odisha to join Baroda at 12 points from four matches. Punjab also has a similar tally after playing a match more than Baroda and Vidarbha.

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The day’s other winner of Assam, which extricated itself from the bottom of the table after its second victory, following a four-wicket triumph over Railways.

Karthik powers TN into knockouts

Two days after scoring an unbeaten 66 that helped Punjab pip Railways, Mann played a similar role once the side lost the top four batsmen, including Yuvraj Singh, for 75. With the team still needing 122 to win, Mann covered the distance in the company of Mohit Handa (18) and N. Chaudhary (14 not out). Mann’s 86-ball knock included 14 boundaries.

Vidarbha remains in fray

At the Karnail Singh Stadium, a comfortable victory over Odisha kept Vidarbha firmly in the race for the two quarterfinal spots from the group.

Left arm sprinner Akshay Karnewar (four for 21) and left-arm medium pacer Ravikumar Thakur (two for 18) helped restrict Odisha to 162 after in-form Govind Poddar smashed a 59. Vidarbha chased down the target with 59 deliveries to spare after Jitesh Sharma showed the way with a 70.

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Assam has it easy

At the Ferozeshah Kotla ground, Assam’s batsmen finished the job after the bowlers had done well to restrict Railways to 215. Contributions from openers Pallav Kumar Das and Riyan Parag, followed by those from ‘professionals’ Arun Karthick and Amit Verma paved the way for Assam’s triumph.

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