Ranji Trophy 2022-23: Arshdeep Singh chooses 4-fer as Punjab defeated Madhya Pradesh by innings and 122 runs


Left arm pacer Arshdeep Singh turned in a stunning performance to claim a four wicket haul as Punjab emphatically beat Madhya Pradesh by an innings and 122 runs in the Elite Group D Ranji Trophy 2022-23 match. MP was completely outclassed, bringing their winning streak to a shattering end this season.

Arshdeep, who debuted this season, failed to take a wicket in MP’s first innings. However, he came alive in the second innings, putting in a stunning performance of 4/30 in just nine overs.

He was sensational with the new ball, dismissing Himanshu Mantri and Shubham Sharma in his very first over. Arshdeep then took two more wickets, leaving Madhya Pradesh completely out for just 77 runs.

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Arshdeep made his debut in December 2019 and quickly made an impressive impression in first-class cricket, taking 25 wickets in seven matches at an impressive average of just over 24. The 23-year-old can boast a four-for and a five-wicket haul in the size. Looking ahead, the left-armed pacer is determined to further improve his stats in red-ball cricket.

Last year, Arshdeep Singh earned his first Indian cap in a T20I match against England. Since then he has played 23 T20Is and taken 36 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 8.41. Notably, he was part of the Indian team that took part in the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia last year. The young pacesetter has also featured in three ODIs but is yet to take a wicket in the format.

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Punjab batted first in Mohali and posted an impressive 443 runs, thanks to centuries from Anmolpreet Singh (124) and Nehal Wadhera (214). In response, Madhya Pradesh was bowled out for just 244 with veteran pacer Siddarth Kaul taking four wickets. Forced to follow suit, the Aditya Shrivastava led side could only muster 77 runs in their second innings. Arshdeep Singh took four while Mayank Markande scalped three wickets each to seal the victory for Punjab.

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MP, who had won all their previous five games this season, suffered their first loss. Nevertheless, they remain at the top of the Group D standings with 32 points. Punjab has now moved up to second place with 26 points in possession.

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