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Delhi draw but miss the knockout berth

Hosts Delhi salvaged a draw against Mumbai on the last day of their Ranji Trophy Super League tie, which ended their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage. In the end, it was a story of Mumbai, having already qualified, still making the effort to learn from mistakes while their traditional rivals did not. Shalabh Manocha reports.

cricket Updated: Dec 19, 2010 01:53 IST
Shalabh Manocha

Hosts Delhi salvaged a draw against Mumbai on the last day of their Ranji Trophy Super League tie, which ended their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage. In the end, it was a story of Mumbai, having already qualified, still making the effort to learn from mistakes while their traditional rivals did not.

Delhi struggled to motivate themselves on the fourth and final day at the Roshanara ground on Saturday after Mumbai batted them out of the contest the previous evening. The hosts eventually saved the game thanks to the seventh wicket partnership between Rajat Bhatia and Sumit Narwal. Delhi bowled out Mumbai in the first two overs of the day for 493 to be left with an impossible target of 560 to chase down in 86 overs. They finished on 242 for six.

The Delhi openers faltered again as Shikhar Dhawan's woeful run at Roshanara's green pitch continued. He lasted 23 balls for his 14 and was caught by Iqball Abdulla off Avishkar Salvi and eight overs later Virat Kohli too did not last longer. With the score on 64, Delhi lost a couple more.

First, Salvi trapped skipper Mithun Manhas plumb in front of the wicket. Promising opener Unmukt Chand was then held at long off by Mundeep Mangela for 27 off spinner Iqbal Abdulla.

Delhi went into lunch at 90 for 5 with Rajat Bhatia and Punit Bisht facing the task of salvaging a draw. They put on 67 runs together before Bisht was caught behind for 32 against Salvi.

However, Narwal joined Bhatia and ensured the hosts did not lose any more wickets. Narwal was unbeaten at 79 and added 106 runs for the seventh wicket.

With a good hour and a half still left, it was decided there could be no result and the match was called off as a draw.

Mumbai finished on top of the chart with 24 points and will now play Rajasthan in the quarters. Delhi finished with 14 points.

Mumbai coach Praveen Amre said his team had learnt their lessons after failing to qualify for the knockout three seasons ago. "Since then we make an effort not to repeat those mistakes."