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Yuvraj scores 50 in Punjab's thrilling 2-run win vs Delhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and Gautam began their quest to get fresh contracts in earnest, hitting half-centuries, as pipped by two runs in a marquee North Zone encounter of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Yuvraj scored 50 off 40 balls, an innings that was overshadowed by Manan Vohra's 74 off 50 balls, as scored a decent 170/3 in 20 overs.

In reply, kept in the game with a 54-ball 66, but his team finished at 168/4 in 20 overs.

Three franchises -- Daredevils (Hemant Dua), Indians (TA Sekar) and RCB (Avinash Vaidya) had their representatives checking out the form and fitness of various players before the auctions on January 27 and 28.

The tournament's sole purpose is to give talent scouts of various franchises a taste of new talent and an update on the form of some proven performers.

The two seasoned pros, Yuvraj and Gambhir, who till recently were soughtafter T20 players, showed their prowess, albeit with sporadic success during a morning match in which, save Vohra, the other youngsters didn't impress much.

Yuvraj hit a straight six off leg-spinner (0/32 in 2 overs) apart from some eye-catching boundaries off Kulwant Khejroliya and Pradeep Sangwan.

The only bowler that gave Yuvraj some trouble was Navdeep Saini, whose extra pace the veteran discard found hot to handle.

Vohra, on the other hand, was comfortable against the Delhi attack hitting as many as six sixes.

In reply, Delhi looked in command when and young Rishabh Pant (38, 25 balls, 1x4, 3x6) added 73 in 9.4 overs before the youngster was run out.

Gambhir played some lovely pull shots in front of the square and also used his feet to hit (0/31 in 4 overs) inside out over extra cover.

He was finally out trying for a second run as pulled things back during the final overs.

With 13 required off the last over, one-time 'Auction Sensation' Pawan Negi (who was paid Rs 8.5 crore by DD for his all-round skills) failed to hit a single boundary while rookie Lalit Yadav, in his bid to impress and Co, tried all sorts of fancy shots without success.

Result. Four points for Punjab.

Brief Scores

Punjab 170/3 (74 off 50 balls, 50 off 40 balls)

Delhi 168/4 (66 off 54 balls, Rishabh Pant 38 off 25 balls, 0/31 in 4 overs).

130/8 (31, Parveez Rasool 2/15 in 4 overs).

Jammu & 97 in 17.4 overs (4/15). Himachal won by 33 runs.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 18:25 IST