November 9, 2014 8:41:20 am
Virender Sehwag’s wretched time in domestic cricket continued as the opener failed to open his account but Delhi did manage to comfortably beat Punjab by four wickets to notch up their maiden win in north zone leg of the Vijay Hazare tournament.
In a match reduced to 45 overs a side, Punjab managed to score a none-too-impressive 182 for six with Yuvraj Singh managing only 15. It was Taruwar Kohli (50) and Gurkeerat Singh Maan (47), who put on a steady stand to see Punjab past 180-run mark.
In reply, Delhi knocked off the runs with an over to spare as veteran Rajat Bhatia (58 no) anchoring the chase to perfection with a 72-ball knock that had five fours and two sixes. In fact, Bhatia also got the prize wicket of Yuvraj with a slower delivery as the left-hander was caught and bowled having struggled during his 34-ball stay. Among Delhi bowlers, medium pacer Sumit Narwal (3/23) had the best figures while Ashish Nehra (2/41) also didn’t bowl badly.
When Delhi started the chase Gautam Gambhir (22) and Unmukt Chand (19) did put up a partnership but it was nothing significant. It was left to Bhatia and Puneet Bisht (30) to steer Delhi to a win.
Brief Scores: Punjab 182/6 in 50 overs (T Kohli 50, G Mann 47, S Narwal 3/23, A Nehra 2/41)Delhi 188/6 in 44 overs (G Gambhir 21, R Bhatia 58 no)
Haryana 163 all out in 48.3 overs (S Singh 34, P Pawar 27; P Jaiswal 3/23, R Dhawan 2/16) lost to HP 164 in 38 overs (Paras Dogra 71 n.o, Nikhil Gangta 56; J Sharma 3/16).
Services: 236 for 9 in 50 overs (R Paliwal 61, N Verma 56; M Ali 3/47, R Dayal 2/47) J&K: 237 for 7 in 49.1 overs.(P Rasool 69, I Chauhan 67; A Sinha 3/33, S Yadav 2/67).