Mandeep Singh © Getty Images
Mandeep Singh © Getty Images

Mandeep Singh scored an unbeaten 84 off 56, winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match for Punjab against Services. Services opted to bat first and posted a total of 140, with no player scoring more than 40 runs. Manpreet Singh Grewal took 4 for 18, dismissing the Services top order. His 4 overs included 16 dot balls. Skipper Harbhajan Singh managed to take a wicket as well in his 4 overs, but Yuvraj Singh leaked 14 in his only over.

Manan Vohra, who scored 74 in the last match against Delhi, failed to score today. He was bowled by Diwesh Pathania for 2. However, his opening partner Mandeep did the job for Punjab. Yuvraj, who had scored an unbeaten 50 in the last game, gave Mandeep a steady stand scoring a run-a-ball 35 which included 2 sixes.

Punjab won their second match of the season comfortably, in 19.1 overs by 8 wickets. They are now equal in points with table topper Himachal Pradesh.

Brief Scores:

Services 140 (Amit Pachhara 37; Manpreet Singh Grewal 4 for 18) lost to Punjab 141 for 2 in 19.1 overs (Mandeep Singh 84, Yuvraj Singh 35; Diwesh Gurudev Pathania 2 for 17) by 8 wickets with 5 balls to spare.