Ignored for New Zealand ODIs, Yuvraj Singh smashes 177 in Ranji Trophy

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Lahli (Haryana), Oct 14: Senior left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh, who was ignored for national duty for this week's New Zealand One Day International series, sent a reminder to the new selectors with a superb knock of 177 in Ranji Trophy.

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The 34-year-old Yuvraj scored 177 from 295 balls with 24 boundaries for Punjab against Madhya Pradesh at the Chaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli today (October 14).

A file picture of Yuvraj Singh celebrating his century in Ranji Trophy

Captaining Punjab, Yuvraj was not out on 164 on the first day yesterday (October 13) as the team posted a record opening day score at the venue with 347/3, bettering Haryana's 339/7 against Rajasthan in February 2015. This was Yuvraj's 25th ton in first-class cricket.

Young batsman Gurkeerat Singh Mann too notched up a fine century. He scored 103 from 113 balls with 16 fours and 1 six.

Amid Yuvraj and Gurkeerat's centuries, Madhya Pradesh's fast bowler Ishwar Pandey excelled with 8 wickets for 102 runs from 36.2 overs.

Today, Punjab were all out for 378 in 108.2 overs. Yuvraj could add only 13 runs to his overnight score. He was caught and bowled by Ishwar. Yuvraj was the 8th wicket to fall for Punjab.

2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj has played 40 Tests, 293 ODIs and 55 T20Is for India. His last international match was in March this year, against Australia in World T20, in Mohali.

The 5-match ODI series between India and New Zealand starts in Dharamsala on Sunday (October 16).

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