Yuvraj Singh failed with the bat but picked up a couple of wickets with the ball vs Rajasthan © Getty Images (Representative photo)
Yuvraj Singh failed with the bat but picked up a couple of wickets with the ball vs Rajasthan © Getty Images (Representative photo)

Kochi: Veteran Yuvraj Singh failed with the bat as minnows Rajasthan shocked Punjab by 4 wickets in a group B encounter of the Syed Mushtaq T20 tournament on Saturday. Batting first, Punjab managed a paltry 130 for six in 20 overs with Mandeep Singh smashing 76 off 52 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Yuvraj was dismissed by a slower delivery from Rajat Bhatia, caught by Rajesh Bisnoi. Other than Mandeep, only Gurinder Singh (29 not out) crossed the 20-run mark. Bhatia again proved his skills as slow medium pacer in this format with figures of 2 for 16 in 4 overs. In reply, Rajasthan were reeling at 76 for five in 14 overs but a 53 run stand between Rajesh Bishnoi (58) and Dishant Yagnik (23 no) put them on the cusp of victory. Full updates: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16, Bengal vs Hyderabad, Gujarat vs Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan vs Punjab, Andhra vs Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai vs Odisha, Maharashtra vs Uttar Pradesh

Bishnoi hit four boundaries and equal number of sixes in his 32-ball innings. Yuvraj did bowl well taking two wickets for 16 runs but it was difficult to stop the opposition while defending such a low total. Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh did not play today’s match due to some personal commitments and will take part in the next game.

Yuvraj will look to score big in this tournament as he has been picked in the T20 International (T20I) squad for the tour of Australia. His skipper Harbhajan too will fly with him for the tour. they will look to get back into good nick ahead of the series.

Brief Scores:

Punjab: 130 for 6 in 20 overs (Mandeep Singh 76*, Gurinder Singh 29*; Rajat Bhatia 2 for 16) lost to Rajasthan: 133 for 6 in 19.4 overs (Rajesh Bishnoi 58, Dishant Yagnik 23*; Baltej Singh 2 for 29, Yuvraj Singh 2 for 16 ) by 4 wickets.