Punjab demolish Services by 9 wickets

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New Delhi, Mar 3 (UNI) Karan Goel and Sunny Sohel hit half-centuries as Punjab beat Services by nine wickets to win a bonus point in their Ranji Trophy (North Zone) one-day match here today.

Services, elected to bat after winning the toss, saw their decision backfire on them as they lost their first wicket in the sixth over with just 20 runs on the board.

The Services batsmen failed to counter the Punjab bowlers as they failed to build meaningful partnerships.

Soumik Chateerjee, who made a patient 45, tried to put up some resistance but did not receive any support from his teammates.

He was dismissed after being caught by Karan Goel of the bowling of Manpreet Singh as the Services put up 152 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

In reply, Punjab faced no difficulty as Karan Goel (79 not out) and Sunny Sohel (56) put them on the road to victory.

Goel, who faced 118 balls, hit 11 superb boundaries during his innings.

Except for Arnav Kush who claimed the wicket of Sunny Sohel, none of the Services bowlers had any success as Punjab romped to victory in just 33.2 overs.

Brief Scores: Services: 152 for nine (Soumik Chatterjee 45; Manpreet Singh 41/2) Punjab: (Karan Goel 79, Sunny Suhel 56; Arnav Kush 29/1) UNI AB RAR HS2151

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