Punjab have finally registered their first win of the tournament after surrendering meekly in their first match (Representative Photo) © Getty Images
Punjab have finally registered their first win of the tournament after surrendering meekly in their first match (Representative Photo) © Getty Images

Hyderabad: Siddarth Kaul grabbed five wickets in an impressive pace-bowling display as Punjab thumped Hyderabad by 56 runs in their Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 one-day match on Friday.  Put into bat, Punjab scored 238 all out in 49.4 overs with Mayank Sidhana top-scoring with a 66-ball 64 and then their bowlers, led by Kaul (5 for 32), restricted Hyderabad to 182 for 9 in 42.4 overs to win the match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Hyderabad’s top-scorer Sumanth Kolla retired hurt after scoring 63 from 70 balls. Seamers M Ravi Kiran (4 for 33) and Chama Milind (3 for 62) picked up seven wickets between them, but thirties from Manan Vohra (33), captain Yuvraj Singh (36), Gurkeerat Singh (35) and Gitansh Khera (30), and a more substantial 66-ball 64 from Mayank Sidhana, helped Punjab post a total of 238. Full updates: Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Hyderabad vs Punjab

Hyderabad’s chase never got going, as Kaul and Barinder Sran (3 for 36) struck regularly to leave them at 79 for 6. Sumanth and Pagadala Naidu (35) helped them recover somewhat, but not enough to get close to their target. Their innings folded with 7.2 overs still remaining, with Sumanth unable to bat again after retiring hurt.

Punjab had lost their first match of the tournament by five wickets against Mumbai. They will be delighted to have made a comeback in this match and will want to carry in their momentum into the remaining matches in the series. Hyderabad will have t pick themselves up after this crushing defeat a look to win the next one.

Brief Scores:

Punjab: 238  in 49.4 overs (Mayank Sidhana 64; Ravi Kiran 4 for 33, Chama Milind 3 for 62) beat Hyderabad: 182 for 9 in 42.4 overs (Sumanth Kolla 63 retired hurt, Siddharth Kaul 5 for 32, Barinder Sran 3 for 36) by 56 runs.