Siddharth Kaul picked up six wickets to help Punjab bundle Uttar Pradesh out for just 95 in their second innings    Getty Images (Representational Image)
Siddharth Kaul picked up six wickets to help Punjab bundle Uttar Pradesh out for just 95 in their second innings Getty Images (Representational Image)

Punjab have comprehensively beaten Uttar Pradesh by seven wickets in Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Round 5 match the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. With this win, Punjab go to second in the Group A standings, just one point behind Tamil Nadu, who have 17 points.Punjab needed just 51 more runs to win on the final day of the match. They got there without any major hiccups, but they did lose the wicket of Jiwanjot Singh. Punjab were set a target of 112 in their fourth innings. They chased it down easily despite conceding a slender first innings lead. UP, who scored 335 in the opening innings, shot out Punjab for 319 in the opening innings and managed to score just 95 in the second innings, setting Punjab a target of just 112 runs to win. Punjab resumed the final day s play at 61 for the loss of two wickets. Full Cricket Updates Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 4, Round 5

Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul were the stars for Punjab with the ball in either innings. While Sandeep picked up five wickets in the first innings, Kaul finished with 6 for 27 in the second innings, to restrict Uttar Pradesh to below 100. On Day One, Uttar Pradesh won the toss and elected to bat first. They put up 335 on the board largely due to half-centuries from Rinku Singh, Eklavya Dwivedi, Kuldeep Yadav and Saurabh Kumar. Punjab in reply fell 16 runs short, getting bowled out for 319, with four out of the top five scoring fifties. From 227 for 2, Punjab were bundled out for just 319, with the middle-order and the lower-order collapsing miserably.

Brief Score:

Uttar Pradesh 335 (Eklawya Dwivedi 60, Kuldeep Yadav 71; Sandeep Sharma 5 for 85, Shubek Gill 3 for 57& 95 (Rinku Singh 43; Siddharth Kaul 6 for 27) lost to Punjab 319 (Yuvraj Singh 85; Saurabh Kumar 4 for 71) & 112 for 3 (Manan Vohra 34, Jiwanjot Singh 69; Saurabh Kumar 2 for 31, Kuldeep Yadav 1 for 15) by 7 wickets