Indore: Team India opener in the ODIs Gautam Gambhir scored a strokeful century to guide Delhi to a thumping win over Baroda on the fourth day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final tie here at the Maharani Usharaje Cricket Grounds on Tuesday.
Delhi, set a target of 271 to win, scored the required runs in 79.4 overs for the loss of three wickets with a day to spare.
Resuming from their overnight score of 281 for the loss of six wickets, Baroda added 61 runs more and saw Yousuf Pathan go past his century in just 81 balls.
In the morning, Yusuf Pathan continued from where he left the previous evening and added 27 more runs before he was dismissed by Amit Bhandari on 113.
Delhi opener Gambhir captaining the side in the absence of Virender Sehwag played with authority as he scored a flamboyant 132 that was studded with 23 hits to the fence.
He was well supported by his partner Shikhar Dhawan and Aditya Jain who scored 48 and 39 respectively. While Dhawan matched Gambhir with stroke-by-stroke before being run-out by Solanki with a direct throw from mid-off, Jain played a sedate innings and remained unconquered.
Gambhir's top quality exhibition of batting made Baroda bowling look brittle and spineless. Baroda struggled for wickets as the first wicket stand made Delhi's intentions clear. Gambhir and Dhawan added 136 runs for the first wicket.
Baroda Ist innings 199&342 (Yusuf Pathan 113, Rakesh Solanki 96, Satyajit Gaekwad 46; Bhatia 3 for 42, Chetan Nanda 2 for 53) lost to Delhi 271&272 for 3 (Gambhir 132, Shikhar Dhawan 48, Manhas 36, Aditya Jain 39 n o; Veragi 1 for 43).