Himachal Pradesh pocketed their first win in three games after a crushing nine-wicket win over Bihar in a Group B Round 4 match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali 2019 trophy on Monday.

Batting first, Bihar struggled to get going and were bundled out for 70 in 18.5 overs. Gurvinder Singh, Ankit Maini and Ayush Jamwal pocketed two wickets apiece. (ALSO READ: Prithvi Shaw steers Mumbai home against Goa)

In reply, captain Ankush Bains struck a stroke-filled half-century – his 40-ball unbeaten 54 laced with 10 boundaries – as Himachal Pradesh chased down the target in 10.3 overs. Prashant Chopra was the only casualty for HP at Surat after he was dismissed by Samar Quadri in the eighth over. (ALSO READ: Tamil Nadu pip Gujarat by one run in last-over thriller)

With their first win, Himachal Pradesh sit at the fifth spot, while Bihar are just a rung above bottom-placed Meghalaya, yet to open their accounting after two games.

Brief scores: Himachal Pradesh 81/1 in 10.3 overs (Ankush Bains 54*) beat Bihar 78 all out in 18.5 overs (Gurvinder Singh 2/11, Ankit Maini 2/14, Ayush Jamwal 2/17) by nine wickets