Right mix yields bright results
Punjab have recorded two innings victories — innings and 68 runs against Hyderabad and an innings and 27 runs against Bengal — to bag fourteen points, a tally that will hand them an early edge in the race for the knockout round.
In this second round game Punjab’s established and young players played their part in fashioning the commanding win. The seasoned campaigners Uday Kaul and medium-pacer Manpreet Singh Gony played key roles — the former scoring a century and the latter picking up a five-wicket haul in Bengal’s second innings.
Rookie opener Jiwanjot Singh, 21, became the only player to follow up a double century on debut with a century, while Siddharth Kaul, 22, who picked up four wickets combined with Gony to deflate the Bengal resistance on the fourth day.
Mayank Sidhana, at 25 and with 15 First-Class matches under is belt, is fast growing into one of the more consistent batsmen in the side and his 115 in this Group A game showed that Punjab had invested in the right talent.
Both Punjab’s big wins have a similar script running through them — they opted to bat, posted big totals before their bowlers ensured that the batsmen didn’t have to bat more than
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