Ranji Trophy, 2018 | Punjab vs Himachal Pradesh, Round 05, Elite Group B | PUN vs HIM Who Will Win
The Round 05, Elite Group B encounter will see Punjab lock horns with Himachal Pradesh at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Siddharth Kaul [6-32] masterclass with the ball was at the heart of Punjab’s 10-wicket thumping of Delhi as the right-hander claimed 6-32 to bundle out Rana-led Delhi for 107 in the first innings. Apart from Kaul, Vinay Choudhary too chipped in with seven wickets in the match, including four in the second innings.
Kaul and Choudhary’s effort with the ball was backed up Punjab’s batting and despite Yuvraj Singh’s  failure, skipper Mandeep Singh scored a patient 90 to notch up a 175-run lead. Gautam Gambhir’s 60 in the second innings was the only bright spot for Delhi in the second innings as they were bowled out for 179 to hand Punjab a ten-wicket win.
Himachal Pradesh, on the other hand, finds themselves at the bottom of the pile in the points table after they succumbed to a ten-wicket defeat at the hands of Hyderabad. Both sides were on equal footing after the end of the first innings with only a run separating the two.
But, a sensational collapse in the second innings saw Himachal get blown away for 97 with Ravi Kiran [4-34] and Tanay Thyagarajan [3-9] wreaking havoc to hand Prashant Chopra-led side a ten-wicket shellacking.
Venue:- PCA Stadium, Mohali
Match Timing:- Thursday, December 06- 09, 2018, 09:30 AM IST
Mandeep Singh (c), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Jiwanjot Singh, Baltej Singh, Barinder Sran, Shubek Gill, Sharad Lumba, Sanvir Singh, Vinay Choudhary, Anmolpreet Singh, Arpit Pannu, Abhishek Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Abhishek Gupta (wk), Shubek Gill, Raghu Sharma, Sharad Lumba
Pankaj Jaiswal, Mayank Dagar, Priyanshu Khanduri, Ekant Sen, Arpit Guleria, Amit Kumar, Prashant Chopra (c), Gurvinder Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Sumeet Verma, Nikhil Gangta, Ankit Kalsi, Akash Vasisht, Shresth Nirmohi
Here’s how both teams’ might line-up:-
Wicket-keeper – Abhishek Gupta
Batters – Abhishek Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Jiwanjot Singh, Yuvraj Singh (D:- Sharad Lumba, A Kalsi)
All-rounder – Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sanvir Singh
Bowlers – Vinay Choudhary (D:- Barinder Sran, B Singh)
Wicket-keeper – Prashant Chopra
Batsmen – Priyanshu Khanduri, Ekant Sen, Nikhil Gangta, Sumeet Verma
All-rounders – Rishi Dhawan (D:- Akash Vashisht)
Bowlers – Arpit Guleria, Gurwinder Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Mayank Dagar (Shresth Nirmohi)
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Wicket-keeper – With Ankush Bains in the U-23 squad, Abhishek Gupta is a safe bet for the wicket-keepers spot.
Batters – Prashant Chopra  and Mandeep Singh  led their side from the front in the last game. They, along with Jiwanjot Singh [222 runs at 44.40] and Abhishek Sharma [121 runs at 40.33] will lead the batting unit.
All-rounder – Gurkeerat Singh Mann [163 runs] and Rish Dhawan are safe bets for the all-rounder spot.
Bowlers – Vinay Choudhary too chipped in with seven wickets. From Himachal, Mayank Dagar [9 wickets] and Pankaj Jaiswal [10 wickets] are safe bets.
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