Gambhir, Sehwag star again in Delhi win
Gautam Gambhir struck an unbeaten half-century (75no), and also shared an opening-wicket stand of 121 runs with Virender Sehwag (49), to help Delhi thrash Haryana by nine wickets in the North Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Chandigarh on Friday.chandigarh Updated: Apr 05, 2014 09:25 IST
Gautam Gambhir struck an unbeaten half-century (75no), and also shared an opening-wicket stand of 121 runs with Virender Sehwag (49), to help Delhi thrash Haryana by nine wickets in the North Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Chandigarh on Friday.
The win, Delhi’s fourth consecutive in as many outings, not only cemented their place at the top in the point table, but also secured their berth in the knockouts.
While Gambhir and Sehwag were undoubtedly the main forces that fashioned Delhi’s easy win, credit cannot be taken away from Ishant Sharma for helping his side tie down Haryana to a modest total of 140, earlier in the day.
Sharma gave Delhi their first wicket by removing Haryana skipper-cum-opener Rahul Dewan (2) on the fifth bowl of his first over, and conceded just four runs in his opening, two-over spell.
In the death overs, the lanky pacer accounted for Nitin Saini (2), Joginder Sharma (0) and Kuldeep Hooda (3), and gave away just five runs, to return with a match haul of 4 for 9.
In between, Haryana staged a remarkable comeback after losing their skipper for just eight runs: Guntashveer Singh and other opener Avi Barot stitched a 103run partnership for the second wicket.
But the moment Barot departed, after getting caught by Gambhir off Pawan Suyal for 42-ball 51, inclusive of seven boundaries, Haryana lost momentum. The side, which was cruising at 111 for 1 in 14.3 overs at one stage, could make add 29 more runs in the remaining overs.
With other incoming batsmen departing in a quick succession, Guntashveer was left to play a lone hand.
He fell as the last wicket of Haryana innings after making an impressive 64 off 49 balls, inclusive of three boundaries and four sixes. Harshal Patel (4no) and Jayant Yadav (0no) remained unbeaten at the crease.