Kohli century puts Delhi in commanding position

Published: Monday, November 5, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Delhi: A superb 106 by Virat Kohli and an unbeaten 123-run fifth wicket partnership between skipper Mithun Manhas and Rajat Bhatia helped Delhi pile up 317 for four in their second innings against Rajasthan on the second day of the Group-A Super League match of the Ranji Trophy tournament here on Monday.

Delhi had earlier made a mere 119 runs in their first innings and then bundled out Rajasthan for paltry 85 runs to take 34-run lead yesterday.

Unlike the opening day which saw 20 wickets tumbling for just 210 runs, only four wickets fell today though Rajasthan managed two quick break early in the morning.

Resuming at their overnight score of six for no loss, Delhi added 18 runs to their total before losing two quick wickets. Opener S Dhawan(14) and R Bisht(0). Both of them became victims of fast bowler Pankaj Singh.

However, opener Aakash Chopra and Virat Kohli foiled Rajasthan bowlers' effort for another breakthrough and added 78 runs for the third wicket before Chopra was trapped leg before by Sumit Mathur.

The opener made 32 with the help of six shots to the fence.

After Chopra's dismissal, Kohli was then joined by his skipper Mithun Manhas and the two batted confidently to take the total to 194 before Kohli was clean bowled by S Gehlot. Kohli made 106 runs in 231 minutes with the help of 18 boundaries. The 92-run fourth wicket stand between the skipper and Kohli came in 24.4 overs.

But after that there was no respite for the Rajasthan bowlers as Manhas in company of Rajat Bhatia belted them all over the park.

Rajasthan skipper Rohit Jhalani shuffled his bowlers frequently but none could make any impact on the Delhi batsmen.

At stumps Manhas was batting on 86 (10x4) and Bhatia was on 65 (12x4).

Delhi now have an overall lead of 351 runs with six wickets in hand.

Brief Scores (D-2):

Delhi 119 and 317 for 4 (Virat Kohli 106, Mithun Manhas 86 n o, Rajat Bhatia 65 n o; Mathur 1 for 43, Gehlot 1 for 77) Vs Rajasthan 85 all out.


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