Rohit Sharma's sizzling 148 all but knocks out Delhi
The difference between ordinary batsmen and good ones is the conditions in which they score runs. Rohit Sharma once again proved on Friday he falls in the later category - - scoring a classy 148 against Delhi in the Ranji Trophy super league match at the Roshanara ground here. Shalabh Manocha reports.cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2010 00:58 IST
The difference between ordinary batsmen and good ones is the conditions in which they score runs. Rohit Sharma once again proved on Friday he falls in the later category - - scoring a classy 148 against Delhi in the Ranji Trophy super league match at the Roshanara ground here.
Sharma along with Prashant Naik added 191 runs for the fifth wicket and batted Delhi out of the match and out of the race for the knock-out stage.
The visitors, who resumed the day at 74 for two added 413 more to lead by 553 at stumps with two wickets in hand and a day to go.
Delhi needed early wickets to give themselves an outside chance to win and thereby qualify for the last eight in the next round which begins on Wednesday. The hosts were successful in getting those as Sumit Narwal stuck first when he trapped Surya Kumar Yadav followed by Pawal Suyal's dismissal of Wasim Jaffer in similar fashion.
Opener Sahil Kukreja also could not do much on Friday and was bowled by Parvinder Awana after a patient innings of 48. Mumbai went into lunch at 214 for five.
Rohit now had the responsibility of ensuring his team did not collapse in the second innings like they did in the first. He along with Naik carried on in his trademark attacking manner, dispatching the bad deliveries.
He never looked like he had any problems on a pitch which had troubled most batsmen in both teams. He hit 15 fours and four sixes during his knock and completed his second century of the season.
He eventually edged a catch to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip off Pradeep Sangwan just before tea and the scorecard reading 360 for six.
In the sixth over after tea, Sangwan rattled the stumps of Naik-who made a well compiled 81 and couple of overs later Narwal ensured that the host saw the back off the experienced Ajit Agarkar who played a cameo in the first . But Delhi failed to mop up the tail as Iqbal Abdulla added insult to injury by hitting all over the park.
At stumps Abdulla was batting on 73 off 69 balls. Mundeep Mangela was on 26. Delhi bowlers strayed on both sides of the wicket giving away 42 extras which included 19 byes.
Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar was furious: "If our bowlers can't clean up the tail on a green wicket like this then we deserve what we have got till now."