Cuttack: Riding on opener Jaskaranveer Singh's brilliant 69-ball unbeaten 114, Punjab beat Mumbai by five runs under VJD method in a rain-curtailed Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Super League Group B cricket match here today.
Electing to bat, Punjab started sedately with Jaskaranveer and his opening partner Manan Vohra (21) putting on 59 before Abhishek Raut dismissed the latter batsman in the 10th over.
Jaskaranveer, however, continued to pile on the runs even as wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end, with Himanshu Chawla (18) the only other Punjab batsman to get into double figures.
Raut picked up two more wickets and Jay Bista inflicted two run-outs, but Jaskaranveer, with 12 fours and five sixes during his maiden T20 hundred, took Punjab to 173 for 6.
Mumbai's chase started badly losing opener Shoaib Shaikh in the second over of their chase when he was trapped leg before by Sandeep Sharma.
A rain interruption forced Mumbai's target to be revised to 82 in eight overs under the VJD method.
The loss of Akhil Herwadkar left them at 18 for 2, but Bista kept them in sight of their target with a 23-ball 47, before his dismissal in the final over.
Mumbai needed nine to win from the last two balls, but could only score three of the bowling of Taruwar Kohli to lose the match by five runs.
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