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Yuvraj Singh set to play first Ranji Trophy game this season as Punjab take on Delhi in Group B fixture

  • Press Trust of India
  • November 28th, 2018
  • 16:28:05 IST

New Delhi: The Group B match between Delhi and Punjab, beginning in Delhi on Wednesday, will see Yuvraj Singh playing his first match of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.

Yuvraj's return is a boost for Punjab, who conceded first innings lead in their first two matches against Andhra and Madhya Pradesh.

File image of Yuvraj Singh. AFP

File image of Yuvraj Singh. AFP

The 36-year-old southpaw, who last played for India in June 2017, will also be available for Punjab's next two matches against Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Rising star Shubman Gill will not be playing the game as he is with the India A team in New Zealand.

Like Punjab, Delhi too would be aiming for their first win of the season, having drawn their matches against Hyderabad and Himachal Pradesh. The Nitish Rana-led side will be disappointed after conceding the first innings lead in the away tie against Hyderabad.

Senior player Gautam Gambhir, who had missed the Hyderabad game due to injury, is set to return for the home game.

Lead Delhi pacer Navdeep Saini remains unavailable as he is in New Zealand on India A duty.

Gambhir's presence will lend much needed solidity to the batting line-up which faltered against Hyderabad.

Opener Hiten Dalal, Lalit Yadav and skipper Rana missed out on scoring big hundreds which could have helped the team overcome Hyderabad's first innings total of 460.

Dhruv Shorey, who began his season with an 88 and 106 not out against Himachal, did not fire in Hyderabad.

Updated Date: November 28, 2018 16:28:05 IST

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