With the two teams so heavily mismatched, the contest was as good as over from the moment the roar of “play” emanated from the umpires’ gullet.
With Delhi A boasting of names like Virender Sehwag, Rajat Bhatia and Shikhar Dhawan, it needed a special effort from Delhi B to slip the rug from under their feet.
Sadly for them, on Tuesday, the special effort never came as Delhi A won by 41 runs in their second practice match at the Ferozeshah Kotla. The match petered out as soon as the chasing team started their innings,
Delhi A amassed 224 for 6 in their stipulated 45 overs, thanks to fine contributions from Dhawan, Bhatia, and Pankaj Joshi.
However, Delhi B showed no intent of going for the target, as their batsmen played for personal glory — which was understandable as they were aspiring youngsters trying to impress selectors.
However, watching their approach made one wonder of the rationale behind holding these matches. If this is the spirit in which they’re going to be played — a net session might have served a better purpose.
Meanwhile, Sehwag, batting at number 6 was dismissed for 1. He went for a big heave over mid-wicket but was caught in the deep. Off-spinner Yogesh Sachdeva was the beneficiary of Sehwag’s indiscretion.
Incidentally, NS Negi — whose name was ‘forgotten’ by the selectors while deciding on the probables — turned out for Delhi A and looked impressive.
First, the all-rounder — reportedly called at Sehwag’s behest — scored a quickfire 37 off 41 deliveries and then displayed impeccable control while bowling his full quota of nine overs.
Aditya Jain played a leisurely knock of 79 for Delhi B, which came off 112 deliveries, while Yogesh Nagar scored a cheeky 43.
Delhi A: 224 for 6 in 45 overs (S Dhawan retired 50, R Bhatia retired 57, P Joshi 47, NS Negi 37, Y Sachdeva 2/26, K Rawat 1/20). Delhi B: 189 for 5 in 45 overs (A Jain retired 79, Y Nagar 43, C Nanda 2/43, NS Negi 1/34, Sehwag 1/17).