Delhi defeated Jammu and Kashmir by six wickets to trot to their second consecutive win in the north zone Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy match at the Sector 16 cricket stadium on Wednesday.
Even though Gautam Gambhir struggled and Virender Sehwag fell after a little cameo, once again faling to convert a start, Rajat Bhatia and Unmukt Chand made sure Delhi had little trouble in chase of a small total.
Put into bat, J&K had a shaky start losing two wickets with just 11 runs on board. Sumit Narwal and Parvinder Awana picked up Veemarsh Kaw (4) and Adil Reshi (4) in consecutive opening overs to give Delhi an ideal start. Ian Dev Singh tried to break the shackles but holed out in deep off Varun Sood and J&K reduced to 30 for 3.
Skipper Parvez Rasool at this point was pretty much playing a lone hand carrying the burden of the entire team who were finding it difficult to break the shackles.
As J&K lost three more wickets hurriedly in form of Hardeep Singh (0), Arshad Khwja (8), and Abid Nabi (6) it looked like J&K were again on the verge of collapsing to a sub 100-run total.
Rasool, meanwhile, continued his assault hitting some crispy drives on his way to 38-ball 44 inclusive of three fours and a six.
Down the order, Paras Sharma (16) and Samiullah Beig (15) used long handle to good effect to carry J&K past the 100-run mark.
For Delhi, Varun Sood was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 14 runs. Sumit Narwal and Pravinder Awana took one wicket each for 29 and 19 runs, respectively.
Delhi started the chase with Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag trying to settle. Gambhir looked uncomfortable in the middle prodding, pushing and scarping for six runs off 13 balls.
Sehwag though initially struggled to connect the ball sweetly but slowly gained enough confidence to launch a blistering attack on Abid Nabi.
Taking on the J&K medium pacer Nabi, Sehwag hit four consecutive boundaries through fine leg, third man, point and cover, to give Delhi necessary momentum. But Nabi had the last laugh seeing the back of the Delhi opener in the same over.
Overconfident Sehwag tried to cart the fifth out of the park only to top edge caught safely by the keeper.
But Unmukt Chand held the innings together along with Mithun Minhas and Rajat Bhatia to guide Delhi to second win.
Chand took his time settle and then opened up to hit some crisp boundaries to all parts of the ground. His 39 came off 41 balls inclusive of four hits to the fence.