Rohtak: Oct 21, 2011
Riding on a disciplined bowling performance and a half-century by skipper Mithun Manhas, Delhi registered a four-wicket win over Jammu & Kashmir in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament.
After restricting J&K to 121 for eight in their allotted 20 overs, Delhi achieved the target in exactly 20 overs, losing six wickets in the process.
Coming back from injury, pacer Ashish Nehra impressed in his short spell of two overs, in which he accounted for two wickets for just nine runs.
Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who is also keen to prove his fitness ahead of next month's Test series against West Indies, shone with the ball, taking 2 for 18 from two overs but failed to make a mark with the bat, scoring just one run.
Put into bat, J&K got off to a disastrous start, losing three early wickets in Adil Rishi (19), Ian Dev Singh (1) and Majid Dhar (1) with 23 runs on the board.
While Nehra claimed the wickets of both the openers Rishi and Ian Dev, Pradeep Sangwan (one for 8) sent back Dhar.
However, Parvez Rassol (32) and captain Hardeep Singh (33) steadied the boat, putting up 52 runs for the fourth wicket. But after Pawan Negi bowled out Parvez, J&K batsmen failed to make a comeback.
Though Hardeep fought a lone battle, wickets kept falling at the other end and J&K could post only a modest total.
Chasing a small target, Delhi also did not make a great start as Unmukt Chand (19) and Sehwag got out early.
But Manhas led from the front to put up crucial partnerships with Yogesh Nagar (8), Rajat Bhatia (16) and Pawan Negi (17 not out) before getting out, to help Delhi reach the target comfortably.
Manhas' fine knock of 52 from 55 ball was studded with one four and two sixes.
For J&K, Raman Dutta (two for 19) was the pick of the bowlers.
In other North Zone matches, Punjab beat Himachal Pradesh by 16 runs, while Haryana outplayed Services by eight wickets.
After electing to bat, Punjab posted 148 for six in 20 overs and then restricted Himachal to 132 for seven.
Mandeep Singh (59) and Sarul Kanwar (30) contributed with the bat for Punjab.
Abhinav Bali (74 and two for 25) shone with both the bat and the ball for Himachal Pradesh but his efforts went in vain as he failed to get any support at the other end as wickets kept falling at regular intervals.
Punjab's Rajwinder Singh (three for 28) finished with three wickets.
In the other match between Haryana and Services, the latter could score just 127 for seven after opting to bat as the hosts came up with a disciplined bowling show.
Yuzvendra Chahal (three for 14), Joginder Sharma (two for 24) and Kuldeep Hooda (one for 23) -- all contributed to the team's success.
Replying to a modest total, Haryana lost just two wickets to reach the target with Ajit Chandila (57) top scoring with the bat. (PTI)