Saturday's North Zone matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 were crucial for Delhi and Punjab.
The wins were especially memorable for two players - Delhi's Sumit Narwal and Punjab's Manpreet Singh Gony. The two pacers wrote their names in the record books, becoming the first bowlers to take hattricks in the domestic T20 tournament (barring the IPL). Narwal removed Yajvinder Chahal, Joginder Singh and Amardeep Sonkar, and Gony got rid of Vishnu Tiwari, Sachin Nadkarni and Ritesh Negi.
Talking about his feat, Narwal said: "This match was very important. I had made up my mind to give my best.
"Besides, performing against Haryana has given me immense satisfaction. I used to play for them before moving to Delhi, and I've always wanted to prove a point against Haryana."
Narwal has been consistently performing well for Delhi over the last couple of seasons. Whether with the ball, or the bat, he has become an integral part of the side in all formats of the game. His selection to the Ranji Trophy side had raised a lot of eyebrows, but Narwal answered with his efforts.
Yadav plays captain’s knock
In an Under-22 CK Nayudu match against Baroda, Delhi captain Rahul Yadav scored an unbeaten 152 to save the match and earn a point for the hosts.
Brief Scores: Baroda 257 all out & 308 vs Delhi 111 all out & 308 for 7 (Rahul Yadav not out 152, Puneet Mehra 43, Gaurav Chhabra 33; Anupam Gupta 2/66).
Milind, Sandeep shine
Rohtak: Milind Kumar’s 58 and Sandeep Kaushik's 56 helped Delhi’s Under-19 team beat Himachal Pradesh by 125 runs in the Vinoo Mankad series.