December 7, 2000

Haryana crush Himachal by nine wickets

With their batsmen looking in supreme touch, Haryana thrashed Himachal Pradesh by nine wickets in their North Zone Ranji Trophy One-day Tournament at the Model Sports Ground in Delhi on Thursday.

Set to score 196 for a win, Haryana openers P Sehrawat (64) and Jasvir Singh (64 not out) put on 97 runs before being seperated in the 23rd over by Nischal Gaur. Sehrawat was the only batsman to be dismissed, when he was bowled by Gaur. He faced 75 balls and hit seven fours and a six.

On the dismissal of Sehrawat, Haryana skipper Parender Singh and Jasvir added 102 runs during an unbroken second wicket stand off 22.4 overs. Jasvir faced 121 balls and hit four boundaries. Parinder on the other hand needed only 79 balls for his 63 while finding the boundary eight times.

Earlier, opting to bat, Himachal put 198 on the board. One drop Nischal Gaur was the top scorer with 40 while the others chipped in with useful contributions. F Ghyas was the most successful bowler with figures of four for 45 from his ten overs.