New Delhi: India’s Under-19 vice-captain Shubman Gill continued his superb form and while playing for Punjab on Sunday, the swashbuckling batsman smashed six sixes during his 123*-run knock against Karnataka in Vijay Hazare Trophy Group ‘A’ league. Gill also equalled Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh’s record of most sixes in a List A innings for Punjab.
Other than six sixers, the right-hander hit eight fours in his 122-ball innings and put on 125 runs for the second wicket with Mandeep Singh (64), which helped Punjab set up a 269 for 3 in 42 overs in a game reduced after a delayed start owing to a wet outfield.
In reply, Karnataka looked in control as long the stylish KL Rahul was at the crease. The 25-year old smashed a century and was also involved in an even 100-run partnership with Pavan Deshpande (53).
However, Rahul’s effort went in vain as Karnataka went down by four runs to Punjab.
Rahul fell with 21 runs to go but skipper Vinay Kumar’s 26 couldn’t take the team over the line.
Despite the loss, Karnataka continues to top the table with 10 points from four games, while Railways, Punjab, Odisha, and Baroda have eight points each.
Railways, Odisha and Baroda have played three games while Karnataka and Punjab have played four matches each.
In other matches, Odisha thrashed Assam by nine wickets as Rajesh Dhuper (70 not out) and skipper Govinda Poddar (50 not out) reached the target of 137 in 25.4 overs and Railways posted a 51-run win thanks to a solid batting effort by the top-order. (With PTI inputs)