Odisha never managed to get going in their Vijay Hazare trophy semi final clash against punjab finishing at a modest 238/7 © Getty Images (representational photo)
Odisha never managed to get going in their Vijay Hazare trophy semi final clash against Punjab finishing at a modest 238/7 © Getty Images (representational photo)

Nov 23, 2014

In the VIjay Hazare Trophy semi-final at the Sardar Vallabhai stadium, Ahmedabad, Punjab kept Odisha down to 238 for seven  despite Arabind Singh’s 89 off 100 balls, with the help of nine fours and a six.

Punjab won the toss and asked Odisha to take first strike. The decision to bowl first paid dividends immediately as Deepak Bansal got rid off opener Paresh Patel in only the third over of the Odisha innings with 11 runs on the board. Patel was dismissed for 8. following the early wicket of Patel, Opener Natraj Behra was joined by Anurag Sarangi, the duo steadied the ship momentarily, stitching together a partnership of 61 but failed to provide any impetus to the innings.

At the fall of the second wicket of Sarangi, Odisha had notched up 72 runs but consumed nineteen overs in the process. Regular inroads by Punjab stalled the progress of the Odisha innings. Behra was next to go for 61 on the bowling of India discard Harbhajan Singh for 61 with 111 runs on the board, followed by the wicket of Biplab Samantaray 5 overs later. With wickets falling around him, no. 4 batsman Arabindh Singh dropped anchor in partnership with Abhilash mallick who took charge of the innings, the pair added 59 runs at more than a run a ball to take the score to 187 before Mallick was dismissed in the 45th over by Punjab pacer Siddharth Kaul. Arabind Singh cut loose in the last 5 overs, eventually finishing with 89 of 100 balls stretching Odisha’s total to 238 for 7 in their stipulated 50 overs