Chandigarh: Pacemen VRV Singh and Gagandeep Singh put Punjab in driver's seat against Orissa on the penultimate day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Super League Group-B tie at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.
At stumps, hosts required just 58 more runs for victory with eight wickets in hand. Ravi Inder Singh and captain Pankaj Dharmani were batting on 47 and eight runs, respectively.
After conceding 98 runs lead on first innings, Punjab pacemen shattered Orissa's second innings by dismissing them for a paltry 76 runs in 34.4 overs.
Wicketless in the first innings VRV Singh coming as first change bowler bowled a hostile spell of fast bowling to pluck five wickets for 25 runs in 10 overs while the new-ball bowler Gagandeep Singh accounted for both the openers Bikas Pati (15) and Shiv Sunder Das (45, 6x4s) and the one-down batsman Niranjan Behera (0). Gagandeep, who bowled to an immaculate line and length, reaped rich harvest of 7/90 in the match.
Required to score 175 runs, Punjab have scored 117 for 2 and were in a winning position as they need 58 more runs for triumph.
After early departure of Karan Goel (7) at 17, opener Sunny Sohal (44) and Ravi Inder Singh (47 batting) raised the total to 84 before Sohal returned to the pavilion. Pankaj and Ravi were at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day.
Brief Scores (D-3):
Orissa 323 and 76 all out (Shib Sundar Das 45; VRV Singh 5 for 25, Gagandeep Singh 3 for 25, Kakkar 2 for 6) Vs Punjab 225 and 117 for 2 (Sohal 44, Ravi Inder Singh 47 n o; Debashish Mohanty 1 for 13).
At ACA-VDCA Stadium, Vizag: Andhra Ist innings 469/9 decl (MSK Prasad 121*, Sumanth 72, LNP Reddy 67, Gnaneshwara Rao 57, KalyanKrishna 27; Rajesh Pawar 3 for 144, Hamid Ali 2 for 67, Sumit Singh 2 for 70) Vs Baroda Ist innings 136/2 (Connor Williams 75*, Rakesh Solanki 51*; Kalyankrishna 2 for 25).