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Delhi-Saurashtra split points

india Updated: Nov 27, 2010 23:36 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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There was little hope of any result in the contest between Delhi and Saurashtra after the first two days were rained out. On the last day, the match petered to an expected draw after Delhi gave up their attempt to take the first innings lead.

Saurashtra declared at 354 for 9 at lunch, leaving Delhi with two sessions to achieve the first innings lead. Delhi openers Shikhar Dhawan and Unmukt Chand started off cautiously, but changed gears once they put up 50 runs on the board. They appeared well on course to get the target until Dhawan offered a simple return catch to Sitanshu Kotak. They shared a 91-run stand for the opening wicket. Delhi did have an outside chance to grab three points until he was there. Soon after Dhawan, Chand, too, was caught for 58, which included six boundaries and a six.

After the openers were back in the hut, the visitors gave up the chase and played cautiously to finish the day at 194 for 2. Skipper Mithun Manhas and Aditya Jain remained unbeaten on 41 and 43, respectively.

Delhi now have eight points from four matches and will play Assam next. Saurashtra, however, have three points from four games and will play Railways.

Earlier, resuming at an overnight score of 231 for 6, Saurashtra lost skipper Jaydev Shah for 57 with 257 on the board. However, Kamlesh Makwana's unbeaten 52 and Sandip Maniar's 43 took the hosts to 354 for 9.

Brief score: Saurashtra 354/9 decl (Shah 57, Makhwana 52no, Mishra 5/75). Delhi 194/2 (Dhawan 51, Chand 58)