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Sunny's all-out show the lone bright spot

cricket Updated: Nov 07, 2011 02:05 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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It was a pleasant Sunday morning, but the competition was missing on the last day of the Ranji Trophy tie between Delhi and Haryana.

The only bright spot in the tame draw was the unbeaten 157 (269 balls) by Haryana's Sunny Singh, as the visitors finished the last day on 318 for eight. Delhi, however, got three points on the basis of first innings lead.

Batting overnight on 38, Sunny and Abhimanyu Khod (1) began cautiously, but in the third over of the day, the latter was judged leg-before wicket off Awana.

Delhi soon got another chance two overs later, but Unmukt Chand, standing in third slip, dropped an easy catch of Sachin Rana.

Brilliant show

After the missed chance, Delhi never looked like they were pushing for a result. It was an all-out Sunny show from here on, as the Haryana batsman took Delhi's bowling apart. He soon completed his fifty with Rana playing the supporting role to perfection.

At lunch, Haryana crossed the 200 mark. After the break, the 24-year-old carried on from where he had left and missed on nothing that was short of length or over-pitched.

When on 90, he hit Vikas Mishra out of the park and an over later, he reached the three-figure mark.

Leading Delhi by 212 runs at tea, Haryana, in the second session, lost the wickets of Rana and Priyank Tehlan, but the possibility of a result was all but over. Sunny retired hurt after suffering cramps and a nasty blow on the hand.

After tea, Awana bowled well to grab three quick wickets. The teams played six of the 15 mandatory overs, as Delhi wanted to give Awana a chance to complete a five-wicket haul, but the medium pacer could manage four.

Delhi now travels to Valsad to play against Gujarat from November 10.