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Bhatia's knock helps Delhi to resurrect innings

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006, 18:23 [IST]
 
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Chennai:An unbeaten knock of 152 by Rajat Bhatia and his 102 run stand with Chetanya Nanda helped Delhi resurrect their innings and deny Tamil Nadu any hold on their four-day Ranji Trophy (Elite 'A') Cricket match here today.

At close on the third day today, Delhi were 366 for eight in 122 overs in reply to the Tamil Nadu first innings total of 481 for six declared. The match is meandering to a draw.

Bhatia's superb unbeaten 152 came off 237 balls (13x4;1x6) in his stay of 357 minutes at the wicket. Bhatia and captain Amit Bhandari (10) were at the crease when stumps were drawn.

Resuming at 85 for 3, Delhi's mainstay during the season, Mithun Minhas should also be credited for his stellar role in making 89 (167b, 11x4;1x6) and sharing 94 runs with Bhatia for the fifth wicket.

Minhas played rather early, missed the line of the ball and was clean bowled by Aashish Kapoor, after Aditya Jain (8) departed, adding just one run to his overnight score. Jain was caught at mid off by Kapoor off medium pacer Jesuraj.

Wicket keeper batsman Varun Kumar was run out for one. Bhatia drove to the covers and Varun took off for a non- existent run. Vasudeva Das swiftly sent the ball to the bowler Kapoor, who did the needful.

Jesuraj picked up his second wicket when Kuldeep Rawat (2) snicked to wicket keper Dinesh Karthik.

For Tamil Nadu, Aashish Kapoor (3/107) and Jesuraj (2/35) were the main wicket takers.

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