Rajat Bhatia (107 off 60 balls) went down on his knees to slog sweep a full toss for his seventh six and in the process reached a blazing hundred. Bhatia heaved a sigh of relief before raising his bat and helmet towards the applauding dressing room.
His emotions showed how important the Delhi captain's first T20 century was as he had not only revived the team from 14 for three but provided the momentum. Still, Delhi survived nervous moments before snatching a thrilling solitary run victory over Railways in the quarterfinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament here on Saturday.
Having put Delhi to bat, Railways dismissed the top four batsmen with the score on 43. The 73-run stand Bhatia and Puneet Mehra (29) shared helped Delhi reach 180 for six in their 20 overs.
Delhi bowlers maintained tight line and length as Railways struggled at 63 for five but later peppered lower-order left-handed batsman Karan Sharma with wide and short deliveries. He was dismissed with Railways still needing three runs to win. adrift. Avinash Yadav was run-out of the last ball trying to steal two runs to tie the game.