Yuvraj Singh with 179* leads Punjab reply, Manan scores double-century
The discarded Indian player Yuvraj Singh and Punjab opener Manan Vohra led Punjab’s reply to Baroda’s mountain score of 529. At the time of stumps of day 2, Punjab was in a safe position with a score of 452/2 and now they are just 77 runs behind Baroda’s total. In fact, they have a real chance of earning first-innings lead over Baroda which would really be an upset for them as it is really a shocker to lose a game even after putting up something more than 500.
Coming in to chase a mountain total of 529, Punjab lost an early wicket of Jiwanjot Singh who was bowled by SS Mangolkar. Uday Kaul along with Manan Vohra piled up 105 runs for the second wicket before Kaul was caught b Yusuf Pathan off Munaf Patel. Then came the skipper Yuvraj Singh who joined Manan to follow this huge chase.
Both the batsman steered the team’s total past 200 in no time. Both of them continued to churn out runs and ensured no further damage on day 2. Meanwhile, Yuvraj completed his 26th first-class century. Both continued the walk to chase and till stumps had shared 314 runs between themselves. Yuvraj Singh scored a brilliant 179* whereas Manan Vohra scored his first ever double century in first-class cricket.
Though this is Yuvraj’s second’s 150+ score in 3rd first class games but by no chance, we can expect him being called for Tests. It would be quite immaturish to think of Yuvi presenting his case for Test but surely through this, he is sending reminders to selectors. he is keeping his keen eye on ODI and T20 series which follows days cricket soon after.
Tomorrow he will have his eyes to cross 200 runs mark.
Meanwhile, the Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny also scored an impressive 156 against Assam. He was the third centurion for his state Karnataka, Robin Uthappa, and Karun Nair being the other two.
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