Suresh Raina scored an unbeaten half-century towards Punjab on Sunday.© Twitter
Suresh Raina‘s half-century and a three-wicket effort from Bhuvneshwar Kumar went in useless as Punjab defended a modest 134 towards Uttar Pradesh of their opening match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy right here on Sunday. Punjab posted 134 for seven in a Group A sport with opener and wicketkeeper Simran Singh scoring 43 off 41 balls. Anmolpreet Singh (35 off 27) was one other batsman who made a worthwhile contribution. Bhuvneshwar, who needed to pull out of the IPL with a thigh muscle damage, was spectacular in his comeback sport, returning with figures of three for 22 in 4 overs.
Nevertheless, UP fell in need of the goal and ended at 123 for 5 in 20 overs to lose by 11 runs.
Raina, enjoying his first aggressive sport in over 18 months, made an unbeaten 56 off 40 balls nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to take his staff over the road.
The southpaw, who introduced his retirement alongside Con August 15 final 12 months, had pulled out of the IPL resulting from private causes after travelling to Dubai with the remainder of the CSK squad.
Temporary Scores: Punjab 134/7 in 20 overs (Simran Singh 43; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/22, Ankit Rajpoot 2/28). UP: 123/5 in 20 overs (Suresh Raina 56 not out; Siddarth Kaul 2/28). Punjab received by 11 runs.
Different temporary scores: Karnataka 150/5 in 20 overs (KL Shrijith 48 not out; Parvez Rasool 2/18). J&Ok 107 all out 18.4 overs (Abdul Samad 30; Abhimanyu Mithun 2/24, J Suchith 2/17, Ok Gowtham 2/13). Karnataka received by 43 runs.
Tripura 170/3 in 20 overs (Milind Kumar 61; Karn Sharma 1/23). Railways 173/4 in 19.3 overs (Mrunal Devdhar 61 not out; Sankar Paul 3/17). Railways received by six wickets.
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