Mumbai dethrone Delhi as under-16 champs

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: Mumbai dethroned Delhi by 34 runs to annexe the all-India Pepsi inter-city under-16 cricket title. Mumbai, who were lucky to enter the summit clash by virtue of spin of coin against Chennai, survived some anxious moments in the fag end of the match before winning the title on Wednesday. Electing to bat, Mumbai were 146 all out in the allotted 40 overs. The highlight of the Mumbai's innings was a fine half century by skipper Rakesh Kanojia (54, 89 balls, 1x4). Delhi bowlers, leg spinner Pradeep Mann (three for 19) and medium pacer Gaurav Chabra (two for 22) struck in tandem to restrict their rivals. Chasing a none too difficult asking rate, Delhi lost wickets at regular intervals and were precariously placed at 65 for seven in the 25th over. However, Narinder Singh (28, 39 balls 1x4) and Honey Garg raised visions of victory adding 41 runs for the eighth wicket in 10.1 overs. Once they were separated, the last two wickets fell within the space of six runs. For Mumbai, medium pacer Gautham Yadav and left-arm spinner Arif Sunsara picked up three wickets each.

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