Punjab crushed Himachal Pradesh by 10 wickets en route their entry into the quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy as the toppers of the North Zone leg.
Punjab finished their group league engagements with 21 points having got a bonus point from the match played at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
Punjab skipper Taruwar Kohli won the toss and seamer Sandeep Sharma ran through the opposition taking five for 53 as Himachal were all out for 129 in 30.5 overs.
In reply, Punjab openers Ravi Inder Singh and Chandan Madan didn't have much trouble as they knocked off the runs in only 24.2 overs. Ravi Inder scored 76 off 82 balls with 10 fours and a six. Veteran 'keeper Madan remained unbeaten on 40.
Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh 129 in 30.5 overs (Amit Kumar 39; Sandeep Sharma 5 for 53) lost to Punjab 130 for no loss in 24.2 overs (Ravi Inder Singh 76*, Chandan Madan 40*). Punjab won by 10 wickets.
Points: Punjab 5; Services -1.
First Published: February 21, 2013, 7:53 pm