Himachal are fast becoming a thorn in Delhi’s flesh. The underdogs had upset Delhi in an edge-of-the-seat thriller in a North Zone one-day match at Una in February, and, on Thursday, they again got the better of their more fancied rivals, this time in the T20 North Zone tournament.
Himachal were faced with a must-win situation after their loss to Haryana. The pressure got the best out of them and they put it across Delhi. Vikramjeet Malik and Sarandeep Singh largely orchestrated the victory.
Sent in as a pinch hitter, Malik did much more with a quickfire 48, punctuated with seven fours and a six, than his team would have expected. His knock saw the team get off the blocks in a flash, and held the run rate even when the Delhi spinners slowed down the proceedings. Contributions from Paras Dogra (31 n.o.) and Sangram Singh (42), along with Delhi’s shoddy fielding, helped Himachal reach a fighting 153.
The total, however, seemed inadequate in the face of the fierce onslaught that openers Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Farman Ahmad (43) unleashed. Ahmad, in particular, toyed with the Himachal attack and Delhi were 76 for no loss after just eight overs.
Sarandeep Singh stepped in and scalped three wickets to give his team a foothold. The batsmen lost their way after that opening stand and Himachal caught Delhi short by five runs off the target.
Punjab edge past J&K
Punjab beat J&K by 18 runs. Chasing 114, J&K were bowled out for 96.
Brief scores: Punjab: 114 for 9 (Madan 26, Samiullah 3 for 18); J&K: 96 all out (Nabi 23, Goni 3 for 15, Sodhi 2 for 23)
Haryana have it easy
Haryana registered an easy 80-run win over Services.
Brief scores: Haryana: 153 for 5 (Rahul Dewan 34); Services: 73 all out in 19.2 overs (Jitender Billa 3 for 10, Sonkar 2 for 7)
Easy win for Railways
Indore: Railways beat Vidarbha by four wickets.
Brief scores: Vidarbha 133 for 9 (Shrivastava 38, Bangar 2 for 23); Railways: 135 for 6 in 18.1 overs (Fazal 55, TP Singh 25).
Jharkhand beat Bengal
Jharkhand cruised to a seven-wicket win over Bengal.
Brief scores: Bengal 95/7 (R. Gavaskar 19); Jharkhand 96/3 in 18.3 ovs (S. Tiwary 44).
Assam win again
Assam beat Tripura to register their third win on the trot.
Brief scores: Assam 162/7 (Dhiraj Jadav 40, Wilkin Mota 2/22); Tripura 154/9 (Wilkin Mota 50, Nishit Shetty 40: Dhiraj Goswami 3/19, Sairaj Bahutule 2/13).
Wasim Jaffer struck a 61-ball 95 to help Mumbai beat Saurashtra by 63 runs.
Brief scores: Mumbai: 191 for 6 (W Jaffer 95; S Maniar 3/32) bt Saurashtra 128 for 5 (S Qureshi 33; D Kulkarni 2/14)
Baroda beat Gujarat
Baroda defeated Gujarat by six wickets.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 176 for 9 (N Patel 96, Y Pathan 2/41) lost to Baroda 180 for 4 (I Sindhi 88, Y Pathan 52; R Dahiya 3/27).