Another shocker for England as Delhi win by 6 wkts

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Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 13:09 [IST]
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New Delhi, Jan 9: Delhi's Shikhar Dhawan ensured that his team registered an emphatic six wicket win over England in the second warm-up game here on Tuesday.

Chasing 295 to win, Delhi's Shikhar Dhawan hit a magnificent hundred while Milind Kumar made an unbeaten 78 to reach the target with nine balls to spare.

With a scintillating 110, Dhawan also made his point clear that he was keen on serving the nation, and was waiting for a call-up.

Having played his last ODI against Weest Indies in June 2011, Dhawan has been performing consistently in the domestic circuit.

Dhawan's 109-ball innings included 13 boundaries and 3 huge sixes.

Alastair Cook in action

England's Alastair Cook play a shot against Delhi XI during the practice match at Feroze Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Ian Bell plays a shot during the tour game

England's Ian Bell plays a shot during a practice match agianst Delhi XI at Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday.

Ian Bell celebrates after scoring a ton against Delhi XI

England's Ian Bell smashed a magnificent ton against Delhi XI at Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday.

Delhi's Varun Sood celebrates after dismissing Samit Patel

Delhi XI's Varun Sood celebrates the wicket of England's Sumit Patel during the practice match at Feroze Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Kevin Pietersen watching Eng-Delhi XI tie at Kotla

England's Kevin Pietersen watching the match with Delhi XI in Feroze Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Shikhar Dhawan during his 109-ball 110 against England

Delhi's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during a practice match against England XI at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Dhawan and Unmukt Chand (37) added 98 for the opening stand, while unheralded youngster Milind and veteran Rajat Bhatia (45 not out) finished the run chase as they smashed 103 runs off 72 balls.

Dhawan impressed everyone and his innings was the highlight of the day, as he judged every bowler appropriately before going for a pull shot.

Earlier Ian Bell scored a fine century for England to help the visitors post 294/5 after being asked to bat first.

Eoin Morgan on the other hand smashed 52 off 55 balls and added 113 runs with Bell for the fourth wicket to help them post the challenging total.

Having rested Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook took the field and scored 44 before he was dismissed by Sumit Narwal in teh 16th over.

While Delhi bowler Sood restricted the visitors having claimed 3/45 and was the best bowler for Delhi.

A collective effort saw Delhi beat England in the second warm up game, after the visitors had lost to India A b 53 runs on Jan 6, Sunday.

With England losing both the tour matches, it remains to be seen if the senior team can take some tips from these to over power the touring side.

Brief Scores

England: 294/5 (Ian Bell 108, Eoin Morgan 52, Alastair Cook 44; Varun Sood 3/45) lost to Delhi 295/4 (48.3 overs) - Shikhar Dhawan 110, Milind Kumar 78*, Unmukt Chand 37; James Tredwell 2/49)


Story first published:  Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 12:14 [IST]
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