Yuvraj Singh scored an unbeaten 78 off 59 balls © Getty Images ( File photo)
Yuvraj Singh scored an unbeaten 78 off 59 balls © Getty Images ( File photo)

Hyderabad: Yuvraj Singh blasted his way to an unbeaten 78 off 59 balls as Punjab coasted to a six wicket victory against Rajasthan to put a foot in the quarterfinal of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, here today. With their fourth win in five matches, Punjab are on top of group A with 16 points and a match to go. Courtesy Yuvraj, who hit 10 fours and two sixes, Punjab raced to the victory target of 271 in only 44.4 overs. Opener Jiwanjot Singh (66) and Mandeep Singh (60) also made significant contributions. Along with Mayank Siddana (25), Yuvraj added 75 runs in only 9.3 overs as they hardly broke sweat while achieving the target. Complete Coverage: Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16

Earlier, Brainder Sran (4/60) had the best figures as Rajasthan posted a decent 270/7 in 50 overs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Manender Singh scored 118 in 129 balls with six boundaries and three sixes while Puneet Yadav (43) and Ashok Menaria (32) also chipped in with useful runs. READ: Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16: Siddarth Kaul’s 5-wicket haul helps Punjab beat Hyderabad by 56 runs

Yuvraj Singh has been in a terrific form in the current series. The Punjab skipper hit a run-a-ball 93 to help his side manage 254 all out in 48.1 overs but unfortunately Punjab lost their first match of the tournament by five wickets against Mumbai. He then went on scoring consistently and led his team to victory in four matches of the five they played. READ: VIjay Hazare Trophy 2015-16: Punjab outwit Assam by 1 run

Brief Scores:

Punjab: 273/4 in 44.4 overs (Yuvraj Singh 78 not out, Jiwanjot Singh 66, Mandeep Singh 60) beat Rajasthan: 270/7 (Manender Singh 118, Brainder Sran 4/60)

Points: Punjab 4; Rajasthan 0.