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Punjab thrash Rajasthan by 9 wickets to record outright win

December 04, 2012 16:10 IST

Young opener Jiwanjot Singh struck his third century in his fifth first-class match as Punjab defeated Rajasthan by nine wickets to register their fourth outright win and remain on top of Group A in the Ranji Trophy.

Chasing 204 for victory, Punjab reached the target in 53.1 overs courtesy Jiwanjot's unbeaten knock of 110 that was studded with 21 boundaries. He added 142 runs with Ravi Inder Singh, (60 not out) for an unbroken second wicket stand.

Starting the day at 149 for one, Punjab needed only 55 runs and they knocked off the remainder in just over 12 overs.

Punjab have now won all their home matches at Mohali and with 29 points from five games are certain to make it to the quarter-finals with three games still remaining.

This was the 22-year-old's third hundred after scoring a double century on debut against Hyderabad followed by another century in the very next match against Bengal.

Jiwanjot has now scored 619 runs in five games at an astonishing average of 103.16 with three hundreds and a half century.

The Sardar from Patiala is easily the find of the season and is certainly prospect as far as India's 'A' tours are concerned.

Brief Scores:

Rajasthan: 222 & 196.

Punjab: 215 & 206 for one (Jiwanjot Singh not out 110, Ravi Inder Singh not out 60).

Points: Punjab 6; Rajasthan 0.

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