Sidhu, Hara pro­pel Lud­hi­ana

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CHANDI­GARH: Devin­der Sidhu (97 not out) and Gurinder Hara (51 not out) played un­de­feated knocks to help hosts Lud­hi­ana pile up 331 for six in 98 overs against Chandi­garh on the open­ing day of their Pun­jab state (un­der-22) in­ter-dis­trict match at Pun­jab Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity grounds on Wed­nes­day.

Win­ning the toss, Lud­hi­ana opted to bat and got an ideal start with Nikhil Chaud­hary's se­date 95-run in­nings off 200 balls.

His knock was stud­ded with 11 boundaries and three sixes. Chaud­hary de­parted af­ter he was trapped in front by left arm spin­ner Gurinder Singh.

The high­light of Lud­hi­ana in­nings, how­ever, was the stand of 103 runs be­tween Devin­der Sidhu and Gurinder Hara for the sev­enth wicket. They were still hold­ing the fort for the hosts when the stumps were drawn for the day.

For Chandi­garh, Rat­tan Singh was the most suc­cess­ful bowler and re­turned with the fig­ures of two for 68. Gurinder Singh and Avi­lash Sharma claimed a wicket each for 74 and 92 runs, re­spec­tively. MOHALI V/S AMRITSAR In sec­ond match of the day, be­ing played at Gandhi Grounds, hosts Amritsar re­stricted Mohali to 231 in 72.1 overs, but squan­dered away the ad­van­tage by los­ing al­most half of their side for pal­try 54 in 20 overs.

Ear­lier, Mohali won the toss and opted to bat. The decision boomeranged as the team lost opener Ankit Pur­sharthy, with their score­board read­ing just 18 runs.

How­ever, the sec­ond wicket stand of 105 runs be­tween Harpreet Man­der and Sachin So­hal served the team well, tak­ing their to­tal to 123 in 38 overs. Man­der de­parted af­ter hol­ing out to Arush off Sunny for 72 off 107 balls.

Next-in Ar­shdeep Brar (36) added 55 runs with So­hal for the third wicket, be­fore fall­ing prey to Ab­hi­nav; the team's score at this point was 178 for two.

Brar's exit trig­gered a col­lapse as Mohali kept los­ing wick­ets and were fi­nally bowled out for 231. So­hal was the only one to show some re­sis­tance amidst the slump; he made 63 off 138 balls, in­clu­sive of 10 boundaries and one six, be­fore get­ting snapped by Navneet off Vi­nay Chaud­hary.

For Amritsar, Sunny (3 for 49), Vi­nay Chaud­hary (3 for 64), Ab­hi­nav Sharma (2 for 33) and Ash­wani (2 for 56) were the wicket tak­ers.

In re­ply to Mohali's first in­nings to­tal, Amritsar started with Ro­han Mar­waha and Karan Sharma (15). The duo had added 33 runs for the open­ing wicket when Barinder came in to get rid off the lat­ter.

The bowler then re­turned to claim Aman Bawa (2) and Mar­waha (18) and put Amritsar in dire straits; he re­turned with the fig­ures of three for 28.

The last wicket of the day was claimed by Narinder Rathore, who trapped Mo­hit Handa in front for one run.

At this stage Amritsar were look­ing down the bar­rel hav­ing lost four wick­ets for a mea­ger 43 runs in 13.1 overs. They ended the day at 53 for four in 20 overs.

In the third match, Pa­tiala scored 298 for seven in 96 overs against hosts Jalandhar.

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