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Vijay Hazare: Yuvraj flops as Kerala stun Punjab in QF

Press Trust of India
Feb 27, 2013 at 06:45pm IST

Visakhapatnam: Yuvraj Singh was dismissed for a first-ball duck as Kerala stunned Punjab by 46 runs in a quarter-final match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Wednesday.

Put into bat on a placid strip at the Port Stadium, Kerala piled up a commendable 320 for 6 riding on twin centuries by opener Vasudevan Jagadeesh (119) and middle-order batsman Sachin Baby (104 no).

In reply, Punjab were bowled out for 274 in 47.3 overs as Gurkeerat Singh (99) and Mandeep Singh's (81) half-centuries went in vain. Kerala achieved the upset win without their premier pacer S Sreesanth, which makes it even more praiseworthy.

Vijay Hazare: Yuvraj flops as Kerala stun Punjab in QF

Yuvraj Singh was dismissed for a first-ball duck as Kerala stunned Punjab by 46 runs in the quarter-final.

The duo of Jagadeesh and Baby added 139 runs for the fifth wicket after Kerala were reduced to 144 for 4. While Jagadeesh hit eight fours and a six, Baby was in a smashing mood scoring his runs off only 70 deliveries with the help of 12 boundaries.

It was Baby's flent knock that helped Kerala cross 300-run mark. In reply, Punjab were reduced to 24 for 3 in the first five overs with Yuvraj being dismissed by pacer Prasanth Parmeshwaran, who grabbed 3 for 40. Fast bowler Sandeep Warrier took 2 for 46.

Gurkeerat and Mandeep did raise visions of an improbable victory by adding 159 runs for the fourth wicket. But the former was unfortunately run-out one short of his three-figure mark. He hit 12 fours while Mandeep hit five fours and a six.

Once Mandeep was dismissed at team's score at 230, Punjab lost their lower half for the addition of another 44 runs.

Brief Scores: Kerala 320/6 (Vasudevan Jagadeesh 119, Sachin Baby 104, Yuvraj Singh 3/39). Punjab 274 in 47.3 overs (Gurkeerat Singh 99, Mandeep Singh 81, Prashanth Parmeshwaran 3/40).

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