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As many as 19 Wickets fell on the third day here as Uttar Pradesh quickly got rid of the remaining seven Punjab batmen to dismiss them for 319 Getty Images (Representational Image)

Former champions Punjab are staring at a win, as they are just 51 runs away from a win over fellow former champions Uttar Pradesh at stumps on Day 3 of Round 5 of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2016-17 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday. UP, who scored 335 in the opening innings, shot out Punjab for 319 in the opening innings, while they managed to score just 95 in the second innings, as Punjab were given a target of just 112 runs to win, while they scored 61 for the loss of two wickets, as they look to notch up an important win, while a miraculous bowling can only save UP. FULL Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 3, Round 5

Punjab are just 51 runs away from a deserving win as they bundled out Uttar Pradesh for a paltry 95 in their second innings and then reached 61-2 at stumps on the third day of the Ranji Trophy Group A match on Monday. As many as 19 Wickets fell on the third day here as Uttar Pradesh quickly got rid of the remaining seven Punjab batmen to dismiss them for 319, grabbing a 16-run first inning lead. However, Uttar Pradesh themselves faltered in their second essay as only three of their batsmen could reach doubles figures with Rinku Singh (43 not out) emerging as the top scorer, reported PTI. Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

Siddharth Kaul turned out to be the wrecker-in-chief as he returned with a six-wicket haul, while Sandeep Sharma and Gurkeerat Mann picked up one wicket each to wrap up UP’s innings in just 38.5 overs. Opener Manan Vohra (34) and Jiwanjot Singh (27) then shared a 59-run partnership in 15.4 overs, added PTI.

Brief Score:

Uttar Pradesh 335 & 95 (Rinku Singh 43; Siddharth Kaul 6 for 27) lead Punjab 319 (Yuvraj Singh 85; Saurabh Kumar 4 for 71) & 61 for 2 (M Vohra 34; Kuldeep Yadav 1 for 9) by 50 runs.