Himachal off to a strong start; reach 256/4 against Punjab

Dharamsala: Skipper Paras Dogra (65) and Vinit Indulkar (60) hit half-centuries as hosts Himachal Pradesh made a strong start to their Ranji Trophy Super League group B match against Punjab here on Wednesday.

Dogra and Indulkar build on the good start provided by their openers to help the side reach 256 for four at stumps on day one of the contest as Punjab had a tough day at HPCA Stadium here.

The duo shared an 118-run stand after Bhavin Thakkar (38) and Sangram Singh (31) put on 77 for the first wicket.

Jaskaran broke the opening partnership by trapping Singh and soon Thakkar’s run out left Dogra and Indulkar to steady the boat.

The duo did a wonderful job as they hit useful fifties at a good pace.

India discard Yuvraj Singh separated them by scalping Dogra and Manpreet Gony later removed Indulker for another LBW decision.

Dogra’s 65 came off 96 balls with 11 fours while Indulkar took 122 balls for his 60, which had 10 hits to the fence.

Stumper Manvinder Bisla carried on the good work as he was unbeaten on 34 at stumps and giving him company was Mukesh Sharma (17).

Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh 256 for 4 in 90 overs. (P Dogra 65, V Indulkar 60; Yuvraj singh 1/43).