Sidhu, Hara propel Ludhiana
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.