Gambhir powers Delhi to 430/8 declared

Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Gambhir powers Delhi to 430/8 declared
Tuesday, November 9 2004 21:09 Hrs (IST)

Ahmedabad:A sparkling century by Delhi opener Gautam Gambhir and good knocks by three other batsmen helped Delhi pile up 430 runs for the loss of eight wickets and declare their first innings on the third-day of play against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy league match being played at the Motera cricket ground here.

Continuing his innings from yesterday, in-form batsmen Mithun Manhas managed to add only four more runs to his tally to reach 70 runs when he had to retire due to a back strain.

His partner at the crease Rajat Bhatia however shrugged aside the loss of Manhas and scored a swift 44 with four impressive hits to the boundary.

The remaining batsmen, including Delhi captain Ajay Jadeja, however did not last long and lost their wickets at quick intervals including two, of Ashish Nehra and Amit Bhandari, who were out in successive balls.

Gujarat bowlers did not get much out of the pitch and this was evident in the high number of runs that were given away by all the bowlers led by Timil Patel who gave away 121 runs in the 30 overs he bowled.

Gujarat's second innings began on a disastrous note with India seamer Ashish Nehra getting the better of opener Nilesh Modi in the first over itself for a duck.

Nehra got his second wicket of the day by claiming Akash Christian for just 15 runs with the Gujarat score card showing a dismal 34/2.

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