Thatscricket - News - Punjab poised for big lead against Rajasthan

Published: Saturday, March 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali: Punjab, having skittled out Rajasthan for a paltry 111 in the first innings, was 175 for the loss of three wickets in 47 overs at the draw of stumps on the opening day of its five-day pre-quarter final Ranji Trophy knock out tie at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here this evening.Punjab, with the help of unbeaten knocks of 53 and 23 by Pankaj Dharmani and Dinesh Mongia, sterling knock of 40 by R S Rickey and 39 by V Rathore, took a lead of 64 runs with seven first innings wickets intact at draw of stumps. Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bat in a clear and pleasant weather. The visitors were soon in trouble with its openers N Doru and V A Saxena were sent back to the pavilion cheaply by Vineet Kumar in his second and fourth over with the score board reading four and five respectively.By lunch the visitors had lost six wickets for just 75 runs in 34 overs. The remaining four wickets fell for the addition of 36 runs in about 46 minutes after lunch as Reetinder Singh Sodhi and Vineet Kumar with five and four scalps ran through the visitors' innings conceding 40 and 25 runs respectively. The other wicket was claimed by Gagandeep.UNI

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