Dharmani hits a big ton as Punjab score 353

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:Propped up by a scintillating century (144) by Pankaj Dharmani, Punjab scored 353 in their first innings against Mumbai on the second day of their four-day Elite Group B Ranji Trophy match at the PCA Stadium here today.

Overnight 220 for six, Punjab innings terminated in 122 overs.

At close of play, Mumbai had made 21 without any loss in 11 overs before fading light and a drizzle forced the umpires to stop the second day's play 107 minutes before scheduled time. Sahil Kukreja and Vinay Mane were batting on six and 13, respectively.

Playing his 87th match and 119th innings, ebullient batsman-cum-wicketkeeper Pankaj Dharmani became the second player for Punjab to complete 6,000 runs. Dharmani has so far piled up 6032. Vikram Rathore was the first Punjab player to complete 6000.

Vikram, who had also played for Himachal Pradesh for two years, had scored 6494 runs, playing for Punjab.

Dharmani and Ishan Malhotra (36, 4x4s, 1x6) resumed the Punjab innings this morning and they carried the total to 245 before the latter offered a return catch to Wilkin Mota (2 for 78). This pair contributed 53 runs for the seventh wicket.

Gagandeep Singh (24, 1x4) joined his senior partner and they were associated in a valuable 69-run partnership for the eighth wicket before Gagandeep departed, caught by Sahil Kukreja at gully of the bowling of S Hazare, the most successful Mumbai bowler who captured five wickets for 83 runs. Gagandeep's wicket fell at 314 and with addition of 14 more runs, Dharmani returned to the pavilion when he was caught by Rohit at third man of the bowling of Hazare.

Dharmani stayed at the crease for 376 minutes and smashed 16 well-executed boundaries. He faced 240 deliveries. The Punjab first innings folded at 353 in 520 minutes and 122 overs with the dismissal of Rajesh Sharma (10).


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