Himachal Pradesh were bowled out for 274 on the first day of the North Zone U-14 cricket final against Delhi here on Sunday. Nitin Sharma scored 75 in his two-and-half-hour stay at the wicket, hitting seven fours in 140 balls. He was also the top scorer for his side.
Abhimanyu Singha made 66 off 114 balls, while Shubham Vij made 56 off 127 as Himachal set Delhi a decent target. The first innings is likely to decide as the match is a two-day affair.
It was interesting to see 14-year-old kids showing maturity and patience, playing each ball according to merit.
For the hosts, left-arm spinner Ayush Kharab impressed, picking up four wickets for 100 runs in 39.1 overs. Off-spinner Jonty Sidhu took three wickets for 19 runs in eight overs. Himachal were dismissed in 94.1 overs. Delhi will look to bat the entire day on Monday to win the final.
Brief score: Himachal Pradesh 274 in 94.1 overs (N Sharma 75, A Singha 66, S Vij, 56, P Chahan 46, A Kharab 4/100, J Sidhu 3/19)