Yuvraj Singh's side collapsed quickly after the left-hander fell for 177 off Ishwar Pandey's delivery    AFP
Yuvraj Singh’s side collapsed quickly after the left-hander fell for 177 off Ishwar Pandey’s delivery AFP

In Round 2 of Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Ishwar Pandey wreaked havoc of Punjab’s batting order with an astonishing eight-wicket haul. Winning the toss, Madhya Pradesh invited Punjab to bat first but were in for a shock as Punjab’s kipper, Yuvraj Singh, along with Gurkeerat Mann stood tall for their side and helped themselves to their respective hundreds. Pandey started Punjab’s downfall early in the innings with early blows which pegged back Punjab’s run flow. Punjab were tottering at 15 for 2 at one stage when Yuvraj came into bat and stitched a 170-run stand with opener, Jiwanjot Singh and went to add another 156 runs for the fourth wicket with Gurkeerat. Pandey’s outburst with the ball on Day Two dismissed Punjab for 378 while Madhya Pradesh are batting at 182 for 5, trailing Punjab by 196 runs. ALSO READ: Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 1, Round 2, match results and highlights: Basant Mohanty swings match in Odisha’s favour vs Saurashtra

From Punjab’s point of view, Manpreet Singh Grewal picked up four wickets to dent Madhya Pradesh’s run-scoring. His regular breakthroughs harmed Madhya Pradesh’s progress and enabled Punjab to get ahead in the game. Manpreet dismissed Aditya Shrivastava, Rajat Patidar, Devendra Bundela and Harpreet Singh Bhatia. Pandey’s menacing spell, getting the big guns out such as Yuvraj, Mandeep Singh and Gurkeerat, gave Madhya Pradesh early honours but their batsmen have remained lackluster. Yuvraj’s side fell like nine pins after his blistering 177-run knock if shows how much dependent Punjab were on their skipper.

Madhya Pradesh won the previous match in Group A and are sitting at the top spot with seven points, while Punjab s previous match ended on a draw and will want take lead in the Group A.

Brief scores:

Punjab 378 (Yuvraj Singh 177, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 103; Ishwar Pandey 8 for 102) lead Madhya Pradesh 182 for 5 (Aditya Srivastava 36, Shubham Sharma 48*; Mankreet Singh Grewal 4 for 25) by 196 runs.