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Published: Friday, February 6, 2004, 1:37 [IST]
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Delhi collapses against West Bengal
Thursday, February 5 2004 20:07 Hrs (IST)

Kolkata:Delhi gave a pathetic display of middle-order fragility to collapse to a 14-run loss from a winning situation against Bengal in the Ranji Trophy One-day cricket tournament final round in Kolkata on Thursday.

After the hosts notched up 239 for eight in 50 overs, Delhi were in sight of victory at 183 for four, needing only 57 runs for victory from 50 deliveries, when the complexion of the match changed dramatically at the Eden Gardens.

Losing wickets in quick succession, Delhi folded up for 225 in the penultimate ball, as the last six batsmen departed with the addition of only 42 runs on the board.

Opener Goutam Gambhir (64; 135m, 90b, 4x4) and India discard Ajay Jadeja (49; 77m 73b, 6x4) raised the prospects of a Delhi victory with a 60 run stand for the fourth wicket, before the former departed in the 41st over skying to Shib Shankar Pal at long-on off debutant Manoj Tewari, giving the bowler his first wicket of the tournament.

Gambhir's ouster proved the turning point of the match, as the Delhi batsmen went out to poor shots to hand over victory to Bengal on a platter. For Bengal, Pal (3/25) was the most succesful bowler.

Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, Bengal rode on fine batting performances from opener Arindam Das (67; 150m, 100b, 8x4), Laxmi Ratan Shukla (41; 62m, 51b, 3x4) and Deep Dasgupta (39; 69m, 48b, 2x4) to reach a fighting total.

Brief scores: Bengal 239/8 in 50 overs (A Das 67; K Lal 2/42) beat Delhi 225 all out in 49 overs by 14 runs.


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