Himachal Pradesh confirmed sturdy fightback decrease down the order with centuries from Akash Vasisht and Praveen Thakur to salvage a draw in opposition to Punjab of their Ranji Trophy group F opener on the Kotla right here on Sunday.

Having conceded a 172-run first innings lead, Himachal Pradesh resumed the ultimate day on 151/5 with left-handed all-rounder Vasisht on in a single day 36 as he together with Praveen Thakur stitched a match-saving 172 run partnership for the seventh wicket to eke out a hard-fought draw.

Vasisht slammed 15 boundaries en path to his career-best 140 from 196 balls, whereas wicketkeeper-batter Praveen Thakur struck a positive 103 not out batting at quantity eight.

Punjab settled for 3 factors by advantage of their first innings lead, whereas Himachal Pradesh returned with one level.

Brief Scores

At Palam A Ground: Haryana 556 and 81/1.

Tripura 436; 159 overs (Samit Gohel 122, Rajat Dey 67).

Match drawn. Points Haryana 3. Tripura 1.

At Arun Jaitley Stadium: Himachal Pradesh 354 and 402/8; 115.4 overs (Akash Vasisht 140, Praveen Thakur 103 not out, Nikhil Gangta 42). Punjab 526. Match drawn. Points: Punjab 3, Himachal Pradesh 1.

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