Punjab consolidate lead against Haryana

Rohtak: First-innings centurion Mandeep Singh struck a valuable half-century to put Punjab in command after Sachin Rana’s fourth first-class ton helped Haryana avoid follow-on on the third day of their Super League Ranji Trophy group B match at the Bansi Lal Stadium, here on Friday.

Punjab, who were comfortably placed at 144 for three at stumps, consolidated their overall lead to 289 after bowling out the hosts for 270. Rana was unbeaten on 73 off 125 balls while Uday Kaul was batting 31.

Earlier, the visitors, who had scored 415 in their first innings, had to be content with Rana who fought gamely during his 226-minute stay at the crease.

Resuming at a precarious 153 for seven, Rana, in the company of Dhruv Singh (30), added a crucial half-century partnership after Haryana lost other overnight batsman Amit Mishra cheaply.

Rana hit 15 boundaries during his 165-ball 102, while Dhruv found the fence twice.

For Punjab, Manpreet Gony was the wrecker-in-chief picking up four wickets, while Jaskaran chipped in three wickets.

After Rana’s gritty hundred, it was the turn of Mandeep to steal the limelight. The 19-year-old right-hander, on a high after notching up his maiden first-class century in the first innings, hit seven boundaries during his 162-minute stay at the wicket.



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