Put into bat at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Punjab rode fine fifties from Amitoze Singh (75), Gurkeerat Singh Mann (72) and Harbhajan (51 off 25 balls) to post a respectable 255 for eight in 50 overs.
Former captain Rahul Dravid feels it is time for Zaheer Khan to start deliberating on his future as it would be difficult for the senior pacer to survive the rigours of five Test matches when India tour England later this year.
Left-arm orthodox bowler Ravindra Jadeja seems to have taken more than a liking for Australian captains, having clinched their wickets six out of seven times in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against Australia.
Stung by two successive defeats on home soil, the national selectors on Sunday cracked the whip by axing veteran pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and batsman Yuvraj Singh from the squad for the fourth and final Test against England starting on Thursday.
Skipper Alastair Cook continued to torment India with yet another gritty batting display while Kevin Pietersen returned to form with an unbeaten half-century to give England a slight advantage in the second cricket Test here on Saturday.
Today will feature the battle of middle table teams, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings trying to hold on to their positions and a depleted Deccan Chargers trying to spoil the party for Royal Challengers Bangalore.