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New Delhi, Mar 1 (UNI) Mayank Sidana hit a scintilating 41-ball 62 to guide Punjab to a 37-run win over Jammu and Kashmir in the Ranji One Day (North Zone) played at the Harbax stadium here today.

Batting first, Punjab did well to post a competitive total of 259 for the loss of five wickets thanks largely to an 87-run fifth wicket stand between Uday Kaul and Mayank Sidana.

Sidana's innings of 62 contained six hits to the fence and two sixes. He was out caught to Sami-ul-lah Beig off Raman Dutta giving him his only wicket of the match.

In the morning, J and K found hard to break partnerships as Punjab kept their partnerships going with an opening stand of 55 runs.

However, J and K kept the scoring rate under control but while batting, they wilted under pressure and were restricted to 222 for eight in their alloted 50 overs.

Punjab's new-ball bowlers made early inroads as J and K were in trouble at 51 for four after 13.2 overs.

Manpreet Singh bagged three crucial wickets giving away just 37 runs in his 10-over spell. He was well supported by VRV Singh and Ankur Jund who claimed two wickets apiece for Punjab.

Sami-ul-lah Beig did provide some resistance against a tight bowling performance by Punjab but Manpreet ended his innings when he fell to catch by Sidana at long on.

Punjab bagged four points from today's win and are now second behind Delhi in the points tally with two wins from three matches.

Scoreboard: Punjab innings Sunny Singh b Vijay Sharma 33 Karan Goel c Obaid Ahmed b Ram Dayal 43 Ravinder Singh c Obai Ahmed b Sameer Ali 0 Pankaj Dharmani runout 52 Uday Kaul not out 51 Mayank Sidana c Beig b Raman Dutta 62 VRV Singh not out 7 Extras: (B 0, LB 5, NB 0, W 6) 11 Total (in 50 overs) 259 for 5 Fall of Wickets: 1/55, 2/56, 3/111, 4/162, 5/249 Bowling: Sami-ul-lah Beig 8-0-69-0 Samir Ali 7-1-20-1 Vijay Sharma 10-0-34-1 Ram Dayal 6-1-24-1 Sameer Khajuria 10-0-61-0 Raman Dutta 9-0-46-1 Jammu and Kashmir innings Yimarsh Khan b Manpreet Singh 30 Obaid Ahmed c Uday Kaul b VRV Singh 21 Adil Reshi b Manpreet Singh 1 Hilal Ahmed lbw b VRV Singh 4 Ram Dayal c Dharmani b Ankur Jund 20 Zahoor Sofi b Sarabjit Ladda 35 Sami-ul-lah Beig c Sidana b Manpreet Singh 61 Vijay Sharma c Sohail b Ankur Jund 1 Raman Dutta not out 28 Sameer Khajuria not out 7 Extras: (B 1, LB 6, NB 7, W 15) 24 Total (in 50 overs) 222 for 8 Fall of Wickets: 1/34, 2/35, 3/45, 4/51, 5/92, 6/125, 7/151, 8/209 Bowling: VRV Singh 10-2-51-2 Manpreet Singh 10-0-37-3 Bharat Loomra 9-0-50-0 Sarabjit Ladda 10-1-26-1 Ankur Ladda 10-0-47-2 Karan Goel 1-0-9-0 UNI RAR AB RAI2139

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