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.