Punjab v Haryana (Ranji One-day, North Zone)

Rakesh Sanghi, CricInfo
19 November 1998

Navjot Singh Sidhu's masterly 77 helped Punjab to beat Haryana by 5 wickets in the crucial North Zone Ranji One-day League match at Gandhi Stadium, in Amritsar.

Chasing Haryana's 230 for nine in 50 overs, Punjab coasted to victory with 16 balls to spare. The end came swiftly with Punjab's Harminder Jugnu hoisting Haryana seamer Harvinder Sharma for two sixes off consecutive no-balls. This victory qualifies Punjab for next year's Wills Trophy. Punjab has seven points at the end of the League phase. Haryana, Delhi, and Services all knotted at five points from four matches.

Punjab is through since it has beaten both Delhi and Haryana in their respective head-to-head encounters. Services is too far behind on the run rate to catch up with Punjab. Earlier it was Jadeja's electrifying 63 and useful half-centuries by opener Parinder Sharma and Dhanraj Singh that helped Haryana to pose fairly challenging total.