As Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir walked back to the pavilion — retired in the 40th over with Delhi at 146 without loss — the handful of spectators at the Bandra-Kurla Complex burst into a loud cheer. The applause was not for Gambhir, who completed his second fifty of the match — it was for Virender Sehwag.
Disappointed with Delhi not going for the win — Mumbai’s declaration left the visitors chasing 348 in 63 overs — the gathering was expecting Sehwag to light up their afternoon. The explosive batsman obliged with a huge six off Balwinder Singh Sandhu Jr. over long on. He followed it up with a boundary by slicing the next ball through gully, an elegant drive through midwicket and a backfoot punch on his way to a brisk 35. It was then the captains decided to call it a day, much to the disappointment of the crowd.
Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni expressed surprise over Delhi’s decision of not going for the target, but his Delhi counterpart Sanjeev Sharma said, “348 runs on the fourth on red soil? If it was the Kotla, we probably would have.” Brief scores: Mumbai 324 & 347/6d (Tare 122*) drew with Delhi 324 & 198/0 (Chand 106*); Pts: Mumbai 1, Delhi 1
Mumbai: 324 and 347/6 decl in 70 overs (Aditya Tare not 122, Siddesh Lad 85, Abhishek Nayar 60; Pawan Suyal 3/52).
Delhi: 324 and 198 for no loss in 48 overs (Unmukt Chand 106 not out, Gautam Gambhir 51).