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Delhi beat Himachal Pradesh by 5 wickets in Vijay Hazare Trophy

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Unmukt Chand struck a half-century in Delhi’s win over Himachal Pradesh © Getty Images

New Delhi:  Mar 3, 2014

Unmukt Chand, Jagrit Anand and Milind Kumar struck fighting half centuries in Delhi’s five-wicket win over Himachal Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy (North Zone) at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Monday. Out of form Virender Sehwag pulled out of the game at the last minute owing to “sickness”.

Delhi played cautiously to get past Himachal’s 230 all out in 49.1 overs. Milind (57 not-out) played a handy knock to get his team home after Chand (51) and Anand (61) set the tone for a successful chase with a 79-run partnership.

The win was Delhi’s second in three games while Himachal are yet to taste success in the premier domestic cricket competition.

Delhi, who had lost to Punjab on Saturday, made three changes in the side with Anand, Yogesh Nagar and Ishant Sharma replacing Sehwag, injured all-rounder Rajat Bhatia and pacer Sumit Narwal.

Delhi lost captain Gautam Gambhir (14) early in the chase with the southpaw edging a wide delivery off fast bowling all-rounder Rishi Dhawan.

Anand joined Chand at the crease and the duo was tested by Dhawan and his new ball partner Vikramjeet Malik.

A usually attacking Chand had to toil for runs, finding the fence only four times including a six off Gurvinder Singh. The former India Under-19 captain threw it away after crossing the 50-run mark, finding the long off fielder after mistiming an aerial hit off Gurvinder.

Left arm spinner Abhinav Bali bowled Mithun Manhas (4) to make it 114 for 3.

Anand continued to occupy the crease until Bali held on to a spectacular return catch.

Though wickets fell at the wrong time for Delhi, the run-rate was never a problem.

Milind showed the required maturity after Anand’s fall and alongside Nagar (31) saw his team through. The two shared 67 runs for the fifth wicket.

Earlier, Bipul Sharma struck a valiant 57  to take his team to a respectable total. Prashant Chopra made 49 at the top.

Ishant, playing his first competitive game since India’s New Zealand tour, conceded 38 runs in eight overs and picked up the wicket of opposition captain Paras Dogra.

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