Yuvraj looked completely out of sorts as he failed to trouble the scorers © IANS (File Photo)

Team India veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh looked completely out of sorts as he failed to trouble the scorers with minnows Assam beating Punjab by 3 wickets in a group A League encounter of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17. Batting first, Punjab managed 243 in 49.4 overs — a score which was 20 runs below par according to skipper Harbhajan Singh. Assam scored the runs in 48.4 overs as outstation recruits KB Arun Karthik (63) and Amit Verma (65) got the team home.

Young U-19 player Shubhman Gill scored 121 off 129 balls and added 141 runs for the fourth wicket with India discard Gurkeerat Singh Mann (58) after Manan Vohra (1), Mandeep Singh (4) and Yuvraj (0) were back in the pavilion. Subhman hit 11 boundaries and a six off 129 balls. Punjab were 19 for 3 inside 6 overs with medium pacer Arup Das (3 for 27) doing the damage. During the end overs, burly seamer Pritam Laru Das (3 for 59) also got a few wickets.

When Assam batted, Harbhajan (2 for 42 in 10 overs) was the only bowler who tried keeping things under control but Arun Karthik and Verma added 92 runs for the fourth wicket, which turned out to be crucial. Verma anchored the chase hitting two fours and two sixes off 91 balls. He was finally out when scores were level.

Brief scores

Group A

At Kotla: Punjab 243 all-out in 49.4 overs (Shubhman Gill 121, Yuvraj Singh 0; Arup Das 3 for 27) lost to Assam 247 for 7 (Amit Verma 65, KB Arun Karthik 63; Harbhajan Singh 2 for 42 in 10 overs) by 3 wickets.

At Karnail Singh: Vidarbha 251 all-out in 45 overs (Apoorv Wankhede 62, Faiz Fazal 58, Akshay Karnewar 54; Hardik Pandya 0 for 73 in 9 overs, Irfan Pathan 1 for 31 in 8 overs) beat Baroda 229 all-out in 42.4 overs (Aditya Waghmode 79, Krunal Pandya 43, Hardik Pandya 2, Irfan Pathan 0) by 22 runs.

At Palam:

Railways 252 for 7 (Arindam Ghosh 76, Pratham Singh 51; Joginder Sharma 1 for 25) beat Haryana 181 all-out in 38 overs (Rahul Dagar 57; Hitesh Kadam 4 for 38) by 71 runs.