Patiala: Off-spinner Gurkeerat Singh Mann registered his career best bowling figures as Punjab defeated a sorry-looking Andhra by seven wickets on Day Two of a Group 'B' Ranji Trophy match, here on Saturday.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann
After the fall of 17 wickets on the opening day, it was no different on Saturday as well as 16 more tumbled on a rank turner at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium.
Resuming their first innings at 127 for seven in reply to Andhra 80 all out, Punjab added 20 more runs to finish on 147 to take a first innings lead of 67 runs.
But the first innings lead hardly mattered as Punjab rode on Gurkeerat's innings-best 5-38 to bundle out Andhra for a meagre 133 in their second innings, thereby setting a paltry target of 67 runs to chase for an outright win with more than two days play remaining in the match.
Gurkeerat finished with career-best match figures of 9-52, which includes his first innings bowling figures of four for 14.
Praveen takes five
Meanwhile, Praveen Kumar (5-16) and Saurabh Kumar (5-37) shared 10 wickets between them to bundle out Gajarat for 100 and give Uttar Pradesh 173-run first innings lead. At stumps, UP were 163-7 in their second innings, with an overall lead of 336 runs.