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Taruwar Kohli (109) and Mandeep Singh (116) shared an unfinished 220-run innings between them for the third wicket © AFP (Representational Photo)

Mohali: Oct 28, 2013

Taruwar Kohli and Mandeep Singh came up with twin centuries as Punjab reached 306 for two in their first innings, taking a crucial 101-run lead over Odisha on day 2 of a Group A Ranji Trophy match in Mohali on Monday.

Taruwar (109) and Mandeep (116) shared an unfinished 220-run innings between them for the third wicket to not only overhaul Odisha’s first innings total of 205 but also take a crucial lead of 101 with still eight wickets in hand.

Earlier, openers Jiwanjot Singh and R Inder Singh begun Punjab’s innings from an overnight score of 11 for no loss but the duo could add only 43 before Behera dismissed Jiwanjot with Natraj Behera taking the catch.

Jiwanjot could add only 12 runs to his overnight score of six but other opener Inder Singh hit a 100-ball 50 with the help of nine boundaries. He was dismissed by Dhiraj Singh in the 36th over as Punjab slipped to 86 for two.

But Taruwar and Mandeep then took the onus on themselves and slowly and steadily build the platform for a big partnership.

Taruwar had 15 boundaries and one six in his 256-ball unconquered innings, while Mandeep hit 14 fours and a six in his unbeaten innings which came off 152 balls at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.

Brief scores:

Odisha 205 trail Punjab 306 for 2 (Taruwar Kohli 109, Mandeep Singh 116; Dhiraj Singh 2 for 44) by 101 runs.