Mandeep Singh's ton puts Punjab in driver's seat on day one

Mandeep Singh made an unbeaten 158 runs to propel Punjab to 329 runs during the first day of Ranji match against Uttar Pradesh

Mohali: Nov 3, 2011

Young middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh made an unbeaten 158 to guide Punjab to 329 for five against Uttar Pradesh in the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy Elite division match on Thursday.

Mandeep hit 25 boundaries en route to his century-plus innings that came off 264 balls.

Apart from Mandeep, Karan Goel scored 68 off 141 balls during which he struck 11 fours, while Mayank Sidhana made 37 off 57 balls.

However, Punjab’s start was far from rosy after out-of-favour India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh won the toss and elected to bat at the PCA stadium.

Punjab lost both their openers — Sarul Kanwar (38) and Ravi Inder Singh (5) — inside the first 15 overs with the scoreboard reading 51.

Mandeep and Goel then joined hands and stitched 167 runs for the third wicket to resurrect the Punjab innings.

Left-arm pacer RP Singh turned out to be the star bowler for Uttar Pradesh wigh figures of four for 60, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/76) scalped the other Punjab wicket.

At stumps, Sandeep Sharma (5) was at the crease along with Mandeep, as Punjab are well in course for a big score, having crossed the 300-mark in 91 overs.(PTI)

Brief scores: Punjab 329 for 5 in 91 overs (Mandeep Singh 158, Karan Goel 68; RP Singh 4/60) vs Uttar Pradesh.