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Published: Monday, February 9, 2004, 21:23 [IST]
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Aakash Chopra fashions Delhi's win
Monday, February 9 2004 15:53 Hrs (IST)

Kolkata:Opener Aakash Chopra struck a fine 83 and stitched together a crucial 86-run partnership with Rajat Bhatia to pilot Delhi to a thrilling two wicket win over Mumbai in a Ranji Trophy final round One-day cricket tournament match in Kolkata.

After skittling out Mumbai for 172 in 49.5 overs, Delhi were in the dumps at 55 for five by the 22nd over, when the two joined hands to turn the game around as their team got to the target of 173 for eight in the penultimate over at the Eastern Railway Sports Complex.

Sarandeep Singh (13 not out) finished off the match with a six in the last ball of the penultimate over to bring home the first four points for Delhi.

Chopra (139b, 9x4) remained unruffled at the other end as he saw half of the Delhi side return to the pavilion, before authoring the only half-century of the match of 99 balls in 135 minutes.

In the morning, Mumbai, electing to bat first, suffered early jolts as their top order collapsed like ninepins, thanks to a fiery spell by pacer Kuldeep Rawat (3/15).

With their team tottering at 51 for six, M Bangera (49) and Abhishek Nair (49) took charge to save some grace for the Western State, adding 86 runs for the seventh wicket.

Delhi skipper Ajay Jadeja ran out Bangera while Nair was adjudged leg- before to R Bhatia, and the Mumbai innings folded up soon after.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 172 all out in 49.5 overs (M Bangera 49, A Nair 49; K Rawat 3/15, R Bhatia 2/16) lost to Delhi 173 for eight (A Chopra 83, R Bhatia 33) by two wickets.

Facile 10 wicket victory for Tamil Nadu

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