Punjab beats Delhi to lift U-19 Twenty20 Cup

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Chandigarh:Plucky Delhi went down fighting to Punjab by three runs as Punjab annexed the first edition of the All India National Twenty20 Cricket Championship for boys Under-19 here today.

Set 159 runs for victory, Delhi made 155 for 8 in 20 overs after winning the toss. Punjab openers Kunal Sehdev and Varun Sharma gave their team a flying start by stitching a century (118 runs) partnership for the opening stand. Left handed Kunal remained not out on 50, sending the ball to the fence nine times.

Varun Sharma's strokeful 60 was studded with nine fours in 56 balls. However, Punjab's next three batsmen -- Vipandeep (19), Mahindra (3) and Nishant Monga (1) were dismissed cheaply.

Anuj Jain was the pick of the bowlers for Delhi, claiming all the four wickets to fall for 38 runs.

After Punjab made a decent 158 for four, Delhi were given a confident start by openers Navneet Srivastva (31, 4x4s) and Gaurav Upadhayaya (23,2x4), putting on 45 valuable runs. Anju Jain also shone with the bat, scoring 35 runs, laced with four hits to the fence.

Gaurav and Anuj Jain were then associated in a 39-run association for the second wicket before Gaurav was caught by Akul of the bowling of Kunal with scoreboard on 84 for 2.

Kunal Sharma (2 for 22), Vishwajit (2 for 26) and Varun Sharma (2 for 30) severely dented Delhi's chances of winning the match by striking at crucial intervals.

Punjab struck two quick blows in the 15th over which tilted the balance in their favour. Anuj Antil (21 not out, 4x4s) and Deepak Bansal (19, 4x4s) raised Delhi's hopes with a 35-run association for the eighth wicket.

However, the dismissal of Bansal (run out by Mahindra) virtually sealed the fate of Delhi, needing 15 runs in the last over.

Eventually, they fell short by just three runs in a close and nail-biting finish with Anuj and Abhinav remaining not out on 21 and 6 respectively.

Varun Sharma of Punjab was declared man of the match while the best batsman's award of the tournament went to Vipandeep from Punjab.

Jaskaran Singh of Chandigarh bagged the best bowler award, capturing 12 wickets in the tournament while Punjab's Varun Sharma recived the Man of Series award.


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