Anmolpreet Singh shone with the bat for Punjab as his quick-fire century (119) put the hosts in the driver's seat against Odisha on the first day of the 3rd edition of All India U-19 Dhruv Pandove Trophy cricket tournament held at Dhruv Pandove Stadium in Patiala on Tuesday. Arjun Kumar then picked up two wickets to put Odisha on the backfoot at the end of the first day's play.
Earlier, Odisha won the toss and elected to field first. However, their decision backfired as Punjab, led by a superb second -wicket partnership of 178 runs between Anmolpreet and Prabhjot Singh, teared apart the opposition bowling attack. After losing their first wicket early in the innings, Punjab rode on a century partnership (178) between Anmolpreet and Prabhjot to get off to a flying start. Prabhjot was dismissed by Devabrata Pradhan for 82 which he made off 129 balls with the help of seven boundaries. His partner Anmolpreet completed his century and was finally out for 119 runs. His knock came off 136 deliveries and was studded with 13 boundaries. Some late fireworks by Arjun Kumar, who scored an unbeaten 42, helped Punjab reach the 350-run mark. The Punjab innings finally folded for 350 in 90.3 overs. For Odisha, Harisankar Patti was the pick of the bowlers as he bagged four wickets for 57 runs. Punjab then picked up two wickets to put Odisha on the backfoot as the visitors were 18 for 2 in seven overs at the close of the first day's play. Left-arm spinner Arjun picked up both the wickets.
Punjab U-19: 350 all out in 90.3 overs (Anmolpreet Singh 119, Prabhjot Singh 82, Arjun Kumar 42 no, Harisankar Patti 4 for 57, Devabrata Pradhan 3 for 81 , Rajkishan Patel 3 for 85, Odisha: 18 for 2 in 7 overs (Arjun Kumar 2 for 1).
Murkar, Raja shine
IN another match played at Government Model Senior Secondary School cricket ground in Sector 26, Assam made a sound start in their reply to Mumbai's total of 339 runs. They were 57 for no loss in 17 overs at the end