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Manhas fails to save Delhi

cricket Updated: Nov 14, 2011 00:36 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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The writing was on the wall, and going with it, Gujarat humiliated Delhi by an innings and 35 runs and also bagged a bonus point in their elite Group 'B' Ranji trophy match here on Sunday.

The tourists were bowled out for 252 in their second innings after being asked to follow-on Saturday. The sole consolation for Delhi was skipper Mithun Manhas, who scored his 20th first-class century in his 100th Ranji game.

Delhi resumed at 170 for five in the hope that Manhas and the lower order would do something special to take them out of the woods. However, they lasted only 115 minutes.

In the morning session, Manhas looked determined to hold fort but his partner Pradeep Sangwan had other ideas. He first hit a six to make his intentions clear. In the next over, he was dropped at short leg but could not capitalise on the chance and was caught at silly point in the sixth over of the day.

Rajat Bhatia joined the skipper but never looked like he would bat through the innings, inconvenienced by neck spasms. First, he was dropped in the slips and was caught at point while trying to cut by Prathmesh Parmar off Faizal Dudhat.

With not much hope left, Manhas started to attack the bowling in order to avoid an innings defeat. While in the nineties, he hit Salil Yadav for a towering six to reach 99 and then square cut for a four to reach his ton. He dedicated the knock to his mentor, the late Raman Lamba.

In the next over, the skipper was stumped while trying to hit Jesal Karia over the top. The latter fired one outside the off stump and Parthiv Patel made no mistake. Karia then accounted for Manoj Chauhan and Vikas Mishra as Gujarat ended a match they dominated from the beginning, batting just once to score a mammoth 520.