Chennai: Former champions Delhi made it to the semifinals with a big eight-wicket victory over Tamil Nadu in the last super league match of the Elite group 'A' Ranji Trophy cricket championship here today.
At the M A Chidambaram stadium, Delhi's grim battle to overhaul Mumbai and qualify as the second team from the group for the knockout stage ended in success as they reached the victory target of 105, losing just two wickets in 25.5 overs.
Delhi resumed their second innings with the overnight score of 10 withut loss. Overnight batsmen Akash Chopra (17, 49 balls, 1 X 4) and India star left-hander Gautam Gambhir (40, 58 balls, 7 X 4) fell to Tamil Nadu off spinner S Suresh Kumar (1-38) and left armer C Suresh (1-30).
However, another of their star batsmen Mithun Manhad (31 n.o, 21 balls, 4 X 4) and Sikhar Dhawan (14 n.o, 33 balls, 2 X 4) steered Delhi to an easy win, 91 minutes after the fourth and final day's play began.
Delhi, who had 18 points, on a par with reigning champions Mumbai when they came into this match, completed their engagements with a tally of 23 points. Tamil Nadu, who had lost their second match outright in the league, playing on home turf, ended with 13 points.
Ranji Trophy Super League matches
Delhi 338 and 105 for 2 (Gambhir 40) beat Tamil Nadu 268 and 174 by 8 wickets
Uttar Pradesh 336 and 294 for 3 dec beat Hyderabad 193 and 305 (Ravi Teja 133*, Praveen Kumar 6-65) by 132 runs
Karnataka 545 for 9 dec beat Maharashtra 276 and 140 (Vinay Kumar 6-38, Joshi 4-18) by an innings and 129 runs
Saurashtra 484 drew with Mumbai 463 (Muzumdar 187, Rahane 149, Jobanputra 5-116)
Baroda 255 and 424 for 9 (Shah 148, Pawar 91) drew with Orissa 294 (Das 114, Pawar 6-66)