When Virender Sehwag is in full flow, opposition can hardly do anything to stop the swash-buckling opener. Many teams have bore the brunt in their bid to unsuccessfully chain down the Delhi batsman. Sehwag, who has had few starts in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, was completely in his elements as Delhi set upon chasing a target of 175 set by Punjab.
It was typical Sehwag innings wherein the opposition is left gobsmacked by the sheer range of shots on offer. Be it cut, cover drive, pull or slice, Sehwag just stood and delivered.
Everything came off neatly from the middle of the bat. In between, he gave opposition enough chances. Taruwar Kohli missed a run out chance off his own bowling and then there were few cheeky singles wherein a direct throw might have cut short his stay in the middle.
After a quite first two overs, Sehwag took on Punjab medium pacer Siddharth Kaul, carting him for four consecutive boundaries. Thereafter, every Punjab bowler bore the brunt. Spinner Rahul Sharma went for few, followed by Gurinder Singh.
Sehwag’s 67 off 35 balls set the platform for Delhi’s chase. He, along with his opening partner Gautam Gambhir (40), added 78 runs in just 6.4 overs. Sumit Narwal also came in hitting some crisp drives and two sixes as Delhi completed the victory with 10 balls to spare. With three wins on the trot Delhi are now on verge of making it to the next stage.
Earlier, Punjab had posted 174 for seven in 20 overs. Opener Manan Vohra added quick fire 41 off 22 balls to set the tone for his team. Mandeep Singh (36), Gurkeerat Singh (29) and Himanshu Chawla ( 24) did enough to get Punjab past 150 run mark.
Haryana beat J&K, HP defeat Services
Haryana eased past Jammu and Kashmir by seven wickets, while Himachal Pradesh got the better of Services by 26 runs in their Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (North Zone) Twenty20 matches on Thursday.
In the match between Haryana and J&K, played at the Sector-16 stadium, pacer Joginder Sharma shone bright for the former with a four-wicket haul that helped restrict the latter to 122. All-rounder Parveez Rasool top-scored for J&K with a 31-ball 35, which included four fours.
In reply, Haryana relied on opener Avi Borat’s 55-ball 52, which included five hits to the fence, to successfully overhaul the rather easy target. Sachin Rana’s 28-ball 30 was another notable contribution to Haryana’s chase that was completed in 19 overs.
In the other match, played at the PCA Stadium, skipper Paras Dogra’s 60-ball 93 was highlight of Himachal’s innings, helping the side reach 175 for five. Dogra’s knock was laced with five sixes and an equal number of boundaries.
In reply, Services were done in by a middle-order collapse. Opener Nakul Verma’s 42-ball 62 was the lone bright spot in the Services innings, which folded for 149 in 18.2 overs. Verma struck six fours and a couple of sixes in his fighting knock.