RP takes four as UP drub Sialkot by 316 runs

Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dharamsala: R P Singh ran through the Sialkot middle-order as Uttar Pradesh trounced the Pakistani team by a whopping 316-run margin to lift the inaugural Mohammad Nissar here yesterday.

Batting to stay in the game after UP set an improbable 429-run target, Sialkot were reduced to for 112 for seven just after lunch with R P taking four for 26. With Sialkot missing the services of Khalid Mahmood, Imran Nazir and Mohammad Asif due to injury, it spelt a humiliating defeat for the Pakistani national champions.

After the Ranji Champions declared, their second essay for 373 for seven in the morning, the bowlers wrecked havoc on Sialkot and Praveen Kumar provided an early break-though as the Ranji Champions sniffed victory.

Opener Shahid Yousuf (5) completely misread a Praveen delivery, which found the batsman plumb infront. Sialkot scorecard read 11 for one in the eighth over.Manzoor Ahmed could not hang around for long and lasted only six balls before being undone by RP Singh for naught.

At 14 for two, Abdur Rehman tried to provide company to Majid Jahangir but the former edged R P behind the wicket and Sialkot were looking down the barrel at 36 for three.

Seven runs thence, Jahangir, who was patient and steady all this while, was duped by an angular delivery from Shalabh Shrivastava and edged it to wicket-keeper Amir Khan. Jahangir made 27 off 47 balls.

Shalabh struck again as Sialkot seemed to be making a small recovery when he removed Tahir Moughal. Tahir added 46 runs for the fifth wicket with Shehzad Malik.

R P returned and removed Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik (11) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (0) on consecutive balls to seal the victory.Shehzad offered piece-de-resistance with his unbeaten 31.Earlier, UP declared after adding just 12 runs to their overnight total with Jyoti Yadav (53 not out) completing his half century.


UP (fisrt innings): 316 Sialkot (first innings) 261 UP (second innings) 373 for seven declared

Sialkot (second innings): Shahid Yousuf lbw b Praveen 5 Majid Jahangir c Amir Khan b Shalabh 27 Mansoor Amjad c Shamshad b RP 0 Abdur Rehman c Amir Khan b RP 7 Shehzad Malik not out 31 Tahir Mughal c Shukla b Shalabh 24 Shoaib Malik c Amir Khan b RP 11 Sarfraz Ahmed b RP 0 Khalid Mahmood (absent) Imran Nazir (absent) Mohammad Asif (absebt) Extras (B 4, LB 3) 7 Total (All out in 35.5 overs) 112

FoW: 1/11, 2/14, 3/36, 4/43, 5/89, 6/112, 7/112, Bowling: RP Singh 9.5 2 26 4 Praveen Kumar 9 3 35 1 Piyush Chawla 6 2 13 0 Shalabh Srivastava 9 3 25 2 Suresh Raina 2 0 6 0

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