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IPL Stars Naman Dhir and Sanvir Singh Shine As Punjab Defeat Namibia In First Unofficial ODI

Punjab defeated Namibia in the first unofficial ODI [x.com]Punjab defeated Namibia in the first unofficial ODI [x.com]

In an exciting start to the five-match One-Day series, the Punjab cricket team defeated Namibia in the first unofficial ODI held at the Wanderers Sports Club in Windhoek.

This series against Punjab is a part of Namibia's preparation for their upcoming tour of Scotland. The visitors showcased an impressive performance, led by the future stars of Punjab, Naman Dhir, and Sanvir Singh.

Punjab's Bowling Dominance

After winning the toss, Punjab skipper Naman Dhir opted to bowl first. The decision proved fruitful as Punjab's bowlers dominated the hosts, bowling them out for 173 runs in 41.5 overs.

Despite a resilient half-century (51) from wicket-keeper batter Jean-Pierre Kotze and crucial knocks by Jan Frylinck (27) and Alexander Busing-Volschenk (39), Namibia struggled to build a substantial total.

Siddarth Kaul, Gurnoor Singh Brar, and Ramandeep Singh were the standout bowlers for Punjab. Kaul and Brar each took three wickets, while Singh claimed four, restricting Namibia from reaching a competitive score.

Naman Dhir and Sanvir Singh's Match-Winning Partnership

Punjab faced early challenges in their chase, with openers Pukhraj Mann (0) and Prabhsimran Singh (18) dismissed quickly, leaving the team at 20/2 in the fifth over. However, the skipper Naman Dhir and Sanvir Singh stepped up to steer the innings. They formed a formidable partnership, adding 131 runs to the scoreboard.

Dhir, who plays for the Mumbai Indians, scored a crucial 61 runs, while Sanvir Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad contributed 70 runs. Their efforts ensured Punjab's successful chase, reaching the target in just 33 overs.

This victory not only marks a strong start for Punjab in the series but also highlights the potential of their young players. The next match is scheduled for July 5 at the same venue, where both teams will look to improve and compete fiercely.

The series continues to provide valuable experience for Punjab's players, many of whom featured in the IPL 2024 season, including Naman Dhir, Nehal Wadhera, Ramandeep Singh, Tanvir Singh, and Mayank Markande.