Gujarat finally showed signs of life on the final day of their match against Delhi at the Ferozeshah Kotla, as they batted the entire day to deny the hosts an outright win. Despite just a wicket in hand prior to close on Saturday, the visitors hung on to finish at 289, a sharp contrast to their first innings' 71.
Two wickets down and 252 runs from taking the lead, Parthiv Patel's side was expectedly cautious when play started. Though Salil Yadav (5) departed with just 40 runs being added, his partner, Priyank Panchal, showed a determined side.
Offering the full face of the bat to both spinners and seamers, he pieced together a fighting century. Panchal hit 20 boundaries during his knock of 134 but the highlight was his composure. Parthiv gave him good support as he took 112 balls for his 26.
The new ball gave Delhi a momentary spell of good fortune. A Pawan Suyal delivery, which seemed like an intended bouncer, failed to rise and struck a ducking Parthiv's abdomen to trap him before the wicket.
Captain Mithun Manhas made extensive use of spinner Vikas Mishra, which bore results as well. A well-set Panchal misjudged a delivery from the 17-year-old and paid the price.
With half the side sent packing for 244, just before tea, Delhi sensed an early end but Rohit Dahiya had other ideas. It was resilience par excellence as Dahiya anchored himself to deny even an inch of momentum to Delhi.
Despite the ring of fielders around him, Dahiya was blissfully unaware of the pressure. He took a mammoth but a match-saving 109 balls to score all of two runs. Though Suyal and Mishra added a wicket each to come tantalizingly close to victory, Dahiya and last man, Ishwar Choudhary, managed to survive till bad light brought the match to an end.
Confident of finishing with full points with a bonus, Delhi had to be content with three points. Parthiv was all praise for his batsmen. "It's not a good performance but there are a few positives like Panchal and Dahiya. We will assess our shortfalls and address them.”