Punjab fails to get outright victory against Haryana

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Patiala, Nov 28 (UNI) Punjab could not register outright victory against Haryana in the Inter-State Vijay Merchant Trophy (Under-16) on the final day here at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium.

Overnight 147 for 9, Haryana were all out for 169 in 73.1 overs in the morning session today against Punjab's huge score of 452 for 8 in the first innings. Roshan Saini (20) and Naval Kishore (16 not out) were the main run getters today.

For Punjab, Vinay Chowdhary bowled a devastating spell to capture 4 wickets, conceding only 9 runs and Gurkirat Singh too bagged an equal number of wickets giving away 47 runs. Vikramdit took 2 for 29.

Punjab enforced the follow-on in search of an outright victory, but Bharat Dureja (61) and Arjun Tyagi (46) held the innings together to deny Punjab an outright victory as Haryana scored 233 for 6 at the end of the final day's play. Rahul Puniani (42 not out) and S Rana (28 not out) were thorns in the flesh of Punjab bowlers who toiled hard to bowl out Haryana without success and the match ended in a draw.

For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma, Kanwal Passi and Vinay Chowdhary captured 2 wickets each, giving away 32,36 and 59 runs respectively.


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