Out-of-favour India batsman Yuvraj Singh on Monday completed a hat-trick of centuries in the ongoing Ranji season before Mandeep Singh hit a double ton, which guided Punjab to a formidable 659/7 in their Group B cricket match against Saurashtra here.
Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh used long handle to a good effect as his attacking half-century ensured a three-wicket win and full points for the visitors against last year's runners-up Maharashtra in a Ranji Trophy group match, here today.
Jammu and Kashmir skipper Parveez Rasool continued his brilliant all-round performance with a five-wicket haul as their Ranji Trophy quarter final match seemed headed for an exciting finish with Punjab leaving them with a target of 324 for a historic victory here.
Part-time offspinner Gurkeerat Singh and left-arm tweaker Rajwinder Singh finished with match-haul of eight wickets each as Punjab progressed into the knockout round by hammering Jharkhand by an innings and 173 runs in a Ranji Trophy Group A match on Wednesday.
Punjab got a slender first-innings lead of 21 runs and then reduced Haryana to 117 for five in their second innings in an exciting fifth round Ranji Trophy encounter being played at the Bansi Lal Stadium here today.
Kings XI Punjab had never won their opening match in the IPL before their eight-wicket victory over Pune Warriors on Sunday; captain Adam Gilchrist was relieved that his side got rid of the jinx of losing the first match of their campaign in every edition.