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Quarters hopes alive for Delhi

india Updated: Dec 12, 2009 00:47 IST
Anam Arsalan
Anam Arsalan
Hindustan Times
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Delhi got what they wanted — a good six points against Maharashtra. After missing out on an innings victory a day earlier, which would have fetched a bonus point, Delhi got that by securing a 10-wicket win on the final day.

The match ended in just two hours but that was enough to spark a controversy. Maharashtra’s Digambar Waghmare apparently used “unsporting” language against Delhi openers Virat Kohli and Mithun Manhas. Kohli retaliated and things could have swung out of control had the umpires not intervened. The matter was, however, settled amicably.

Delhi now have 15 points from five matches, making them a strong contenders for a quarter-final berth. Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh have already made it and Delhi are fighting with Baroda for the last berth from this group. This makes their last league match against Bengal crucial.

The day began with Maharashtra going out to bat on their overnight total of 334 for nine with Kiran Adhav and Samad Fallah at the crease. They batted for a little over 30 minutes before Parvinder Awana sent Fallah packing, and finishing their innings at 364.

With a target of 109, Kohli and Manhas opened the innings, aiming to finish off the matter without losing a wicket and they did that with ease.

Kohli battered the bowlers on way to an impressive 67 not out with 11 boundaries. Veteran Manhas kept Kohli company with an unbeaten 38.

No Kohli vs Bengal

Against Bengal, Delhi will miss Kohli who has been named in the India squad for the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka. “They (the team) have the momentum with them (after two successive wins). I suppose it should help them further as the team is well set,” said Kohli about the match against Bengal.

Narwal warned

Delhi pacer Sumit Narwal drew the wrath of the match referee. He was warned for showing dissent against an umpiring decision on the second day of the match.