India’s U-19 star, Shubman Gill has already been under the considerations for being a next big international star from India. He was the hero of the boys in blue that won the U19 World Cup just a week ago, winning the Player of the Tournament award. Now, he is grabbing a lot of eyeballs in the domestic One-Day tournament, Vijay Hazare Trophy as well.
Gill scored a 122-ball century as he amassed 123 runs to help his team Punjab guide to a four-run victory over Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the IPL player auctions last month, Gill was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders and now he is playing the crucial role for Punjab in the domestic cricket.
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Shubman scored the hundred in the match that was reduced to 42-overs side due to wet outfield. The Yuvraj Sing-led team lost opener Manan Vohra for a golden duck but Gill along with Mandeep Singh stitched a partnership of 125 runs. Punjab did lose Mandeep for 64 but Gill kept the flow of runs constant from the other end.
The young cricketer remained unbeaten at 123 and his knock included eight fours and six sixes. Skipper Yuvraj Singh who came in at number 4 played attacking brand of cricket with his willow and smashed 36 off 28 deliveries. He was later dismissed by Pradeep. Punjab concluded their allotted 42 overs at 269/3.
From the Karnataka team, it was Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair, who opened the innings for but the right-hand batting duo failed to deliver as they were reduced to 38/2 in the 8th over. But wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul kept their hopes alive against Punjab as he hammered 107 runs off just 91 balls.
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Rahul’s knock included 8 fours and five sixes. Apart from him, Pavan Deshpande was the only batsman who showed some resistance and scored a half-century. No other batsman came to the party and took the responsibility as Karnataka eventually lost the match by 4 runs.
On the bowling front, For Punjab, it was Siddharth Kaul who returned with figures of 3/47 while Barinder Sran scalped a couple that included the crucial scalp of KL Rahul.