Gautam Gambhir powered Delhi to the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy with a superb 95 following a seven-wicket victory over Madhya Pradesh on Monday. Delhi will tackle Bengal of their semi-final. Chasing 217 for an outright win, Delhi relied on Gambhir’s 129-ball 95, which was laced with 9 boundaries and a six. Even because the bowlers did not dismiss him, Gambhir was sadly run out by Mihir Hirwani as he approached what would have been a well-deserved century.
The out-of-favour India opener was well-supported by Kunal Chandela (57) and Dhruv Shorey, who remained unbeaten on 46, when the successful runs have been scored on the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Floor. Delhi have been eight for no loss at stumps on the fourth and penultimate night with Kunal Chandela and Vikas Tokas within the center.
Delhi have been dealt an early blow when Tokas was despatched again by medium pacer Ishwar Pandey with simply 11 runs on the scoreboard. A 98-run partnership for the second wicket between Gambhir and Chandela ensured Delhi remained on track for a win. The 2 went alongside properly until Hirwani, who had a five- wicket haul within the first innings, eliminated Chandela when the scoreboard learn 111.
A 95-run stand ensued, for the third wicket between Gambhir and Shorey, as Delhi accomplished the job with lots left of their arsenal.
Bengal oust defending champions Gujarat
Bengal made a mockery of the competition by not declaring their second innings on the ultimate day of their quarterfinal Ranji Trophy match as they ousted defending champions Gujarat by advantage of first innings lead. Manoj Tiwary’s males will meet multiple-time champions Delhi within the semifinals in Pune, whereas title favourites Karnataka will tackle Vidarbha within the different last-four match, to be performed in Kolkata. Each matches will likely be performed between December 17 to 21.
Bengal batted for the higher a part of final three days to complete their second innings at 695 for six when umpires have been pressured to name off play within the submit tea session because the heavens opened up a lot to the aid of battered Gujarat bowlers.
The final two classes on the penultimate day and on the ultimate day, it was a reserve wicketkeeper who took the sector in its place and stored wickets, as per the brand new ICC guidelines. On the inconsequential remaining day, the in-form Anustup Majumdar acquired his seventh first-class hundred, having scored a useful 94 within the first essay. The truth is, the fifth day was stroll within the park for Majumdar, whose first innings contribution was way more essential because it paved the best way for Bengal placing up a good complete after a top-order collapse.
(With PTI Inputs)