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Delhi sense victory after Nagar’s ton

Points are important but an outright win is invaluable. This is what Delhi would be focusing on after piling up a daunting lead of 366 on Day Three of their Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here. At close on Friday, the visitors were 114 for two.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2010 22:53 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty

Points are important but an outright win is invaluable. This is what Delhi would be focusing on after piling up a daunting lead of 366 on Day Three of their Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here. At close on Friday, the visitors were 114 for two.

It was centurion Shikhar Dhawan and Yogesh Nagar who took centrestage in the first session of play at the stadium. Both batsmen continued with their fine form and evidence lay in the fielders' drooping shoulders early on.

The two rotated the strike and the occasional boundary brought cheer to the miniscule crowd that had turned up to witness the proceedings.

Though Dhawan looked slightly off-colour, it was not until he reached 149 that an edge down leg side cost him his wicket off Rohit Dahiya.

Nagar looked set to take the spotlight off Dhawan's knock. Despite losing two more partners, Nagar maintained his composure.

Like Dhawan though, Nagar too had the fielders to thank as he was dropped on 109, which hinted at a momentary lapse in concentration.

But from thereon, the batsman, who had made his first-class debut against the same opponents in 2008, cruised to 150.

Fifteen boundaries and two hits over the fence allowed the 20-year-old to finish with a decent strike rate of 58.

Delhi declared at 437 for six with Dahiya and Ishwar Choudhary claiming two wickets each while the promising Siddharth Trivedi also had a wicket for his efforts.

With captain Parthiv Patel sitting out for a better part of the day, owing to a strain, Gujarat have the odds stacked up against them.

The final day promises to be an interesting contest as the visitors will try and save themselves from the embarrassment of an innings defeat.

On the other hand, Delhi captain, Mithun Manhas, will hope his bowlers are able to repeat their first innings display.