Ranji Trophy: All fog and no play at Lahli

Delhi, with a 224-run cushion, were poised to make an all-out attempt to push for a win.

Written by Vishal Menon | Lahli | Published: January 9, 2015 6:09:26 am

The final day’s play of the Delhi-Haryana game was called off without a ball being bowled. The day started with the Bansi Lal Stadium engulfed in a thick blanket of fog. Visibility was poor and the ground was drenched with dew.

Delhi, with a 224-run cushion, were poised to make an all-out attempt to push for a win. A little later, their coach Vijay Dahiya came out of the dressing room and looked at the skies. He was hoping for the cloud cover and the dense fog to pass away. A little over two hours later, conditions had not changed much. The fog had reduced, but the ground was still wet. The umpires finally called off the match at 3.35 pm after conducting the final inspection.

A draw here meant Dahiya’s men had to be content with three points, thanks to the 90-run lead in the first innings. The lead would not have been possible without the blistering 147 by Virender Sehwag. He was later adjudged Man of the Match. Delhi have now maintained their numero uno status in Group B table with 23 points from four matches. They take on Odisha at home from January 13. Meanwhile, Haryana now have 10 points from five games.

Brief scores: Delhi 278 & 134/5 vs Haryana 188 in 66.2 overs.

Points: Delhi 3, Haryana 1.

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