Kochi: Former Kings XI opener Mandeep Singh has made a solid case for the national selectors with a second unbeaten fifty for Punjab in Group-B of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.
The 24-year-old played a swashbuckling 58 that steered Punjab to an effortless first win in the tournament, by 8 wickets, against Jammu & Kashmir. Punjab chased down 106 inside 15 overs.
Punjab was bolstered by the arrival of Harbhajan Singh who bagged 3 for 8 in his four overs.
Tamil Nadu 151/8 in 20 overs (Abhinav Mukund 41, Alok Pratap 3/15) bt Bengal 82 in 15.5 overs (Rahil Shah 5/12).
J&K 105 in 19.3 overs (Bandeep Singh 40, Baltej 3/23, Harbhajan 3/8) lost to Punjab 108/2 in 14.3 overs (Mandeep singh 58*, Pargat Singh 44).
Kerala 129/7 in 20 overs (N.B. Singh 4/13) bt Team Rajasthan 111/8 in 20 overs (Bhatia 42*, Prashanth 3/22).
Karnataka 162 in 20 overs (D. Kulkarni 3/35, R. Raje 3/29) bt Mumbai 161 in 20 overs (A. Naya 49).
Uttar Pradesh 150/5 in 20 overs (Prashant Gupta 53, E. Dwivedi 47) bt Odisha 118/8 in 20 overs.
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