Ranji: Delhi-Mumbai tie peters to a draw

Published: Monday, November 26, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: In-form batsman Gautam Gambhir struck a brilliant unbeaten century and shared a 188-run opening partnership with Akash Chopra to ensure a draw for Delhi against Mumbai in the four-day Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A tie at the Wankhede stadium here on Monday.

Delhi collected three points by virtue of first innings lead, while Mumbai had to be satisfied with just one point.

Delhi tops the Group-A chart with 11 points from three matches.

Gambhir was on 137, which came in a stay of 278 balls and was inclusive of 13 boundaries and a six, and Mithun Manhas was on 16 when play was called off with the consent of both the captains with 14 overs to spare. Delhi were 252 for three when the match was called off.

Delhi, who had set a stiff target of 387 for victory in a minimum of 110 overs, resumed at 59 for no loss after 20 overs.

Both Gautam Gambhir and Aakash Chopra played a measured innings not giving the Mumbai bowlers a semblance of the chance on the final day with Muzumdar shifting his bowlers around using as many as seven bowlers but to no effect.

After the duo put on 188 runs in 67.1 overs for the opening wicket, Avishkar Salvi got the breakthrough trapping Aakash Chopra plumb in-front for 81. His 218-ball knock was studded with 11 boundaries and a six.

With the next ball, Salvi got rid-off India discard Virender Sehwag trapping him in front with a sharp inswinger.

Abhisekh Nayar in the following over got the wicket of Virat Kohli trapping him in front as Mumbai raised their hopes reducing Delhi to 189 for three.

However, Gautam Gambhir and Mithun Manhas stood firm as the match petered out into a draw.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai 166 and 471/9 decl drew with Delhi 251 and 252/3 ( Gambhir 137 n o, Akash Chopra 81; Avishkar Salvi 2 for 31).


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