Vijay Hazare Trophy 2013-14 March 1, 2014

Yuvraj 96* helps Punjab cruise past Delhi

ESPNcricinfo staff

North Zone

An unbeaten century stand between Yuvraj Singh and Gurkeerat Singh helped Punjab to a six-wicket victory against Delhi. Punjab, chasing 229, were on shaky ground, slipping to 89 for 4 at the halfway stage. From there on, Yuvraj - who missed Punjab's first match of the tournament to attend his brother's wedding - and Gurkeerat took charge, adding 143 at over a run a ball. The match ended with Gurkeerat just past a half-century and Yuvraj four short of a hundred - his 96 came off 95 balls and included 10 fours and two sixes. Earlier, seam bowler Siddarth Kaul had played a big role in restricting Delhi to 228, accounting for the top order - he even effected a run-out. Mithun Manhas held the Delhi innings together in a knock of 98.

Services edged home by two runs in a shortened match against Jammu & Kashmir, to make it two wins in two in the tournament. The match was reduced to 32-overs-a-side and Services got to 171 for 8. The innings was built around a knock of 54 from Rajat Paliwal. In reply, J&K were in big trouble early on, slipping to 29 for 4. It took a 77-run stand between Hardeep Singh and Bandeep Singh to get the chase back on track, but following Hardeep's dismissal - to left-arm spinner Avishek Sinha, the leading wicket-taker for Services with 4 for 26 - Bandeep failed to get the support required to get the team home. He finished unbeaten on 55 as Sinha ran through the tail to ensure his team sneaked home.

The match between Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, in Delhi, was abandoned without a toss.

East Zone

Assam and Odisha shared points in Ranchi, after only 17 overs were possible due to the weather. Assam's innings had already been reduced to 20 overs, and they struggled in the conditions, getting to 128 for 6 before play was called off. Parvez Aziz made the only contribution of note for them, hitting 61 off 42.

The match between Jharkhand and Tripura, in Ranchi, was abandoned without a toss.

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  • ESPN on March 6, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    My 2014 world cup playing xi : Shikhar , Rahane/Rohit, kohli , yuvraj , raina , msd , jadeja , ashwin , zak , shami , yadav / bhuvi

  • Varun on March 6, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    MY T20 XI 2014 - Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit/Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, MSD, Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Shami Ahmed, Zaheer Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishwar Pandey.Ishant Sharma

    PICK THE RIGHT TEAM (MSD)....we can win the T20 world cup wid dis team

    Thanks VJ

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    want you to do something more exceptional in this t20 WC. A 4 of U is more classy than 6 of any other player's.

  • Lakshminarayanan on March 3, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    India is going to play this T20 as underdog. Currently India's middle order in Asia Cup is poor and this will be replaced by Classy T20 players like Yuvi, Dhoni & Raina. It will strengthen our middle order and bringing more spin options from Yuvi & Raina. India should play with 5 bowlers like last match against Pakistan in Asia Cup. This will boost our bowling and confidence in team.

  • Fuzail on March 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    I think India Does indeed Needs Yuvi back but as a Finisher . I Think he is Really Struggling at No 4 and 5 . But he Could be Lethal at No 6 or 7 . Yuvi Coming in the Last Ten overs would be Mayhem for the Opposition .

  • Android on March 2, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    yuviiiii. ..... good one, keep it up u will definitely back to blues.....

  • venkatasubramanian on March 2, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (March 2,2014) It is perfectly correct that Ajankya Rahane must open the innings.Amit Mishra and ishwar Pandey must play in place of Rohit Sharma & Binny respectively.We have to take gamble to improve our overall performance and bring back consistency.

  • Prashant on March 1, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    India is missing Yuvi in Asia cup.

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Rahane should open the innings and Yuvraj should be brought in at No. 4. For Gods sake, Rohit is and can never do good as opening batsmen outside sub continent. Even in subcontinent he is a slow starter.

  • ESPN on March 1, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Yv=World Cup 2015 ,and icc t20 so bring up him team regularly he is world dangerous batsman in big tournament

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