Indore: Sep 28, 2013
The immensely talented Unmukt Chand again showed his ability to rise to the occasion as his stroke-filled century guided Delhi to the final of the NKP Salve Challenger series with a thumping 112-run win over India Red in the last round robin league match in Indore on Saturday.
Courtesy Unmukt’s 119 and skipper Virat Kohli‘s useful 63, Delhi piled up a huge total of 342 for six in 50 overs after being put into bat. Milind Kumar with 52-ball-57 and Rajat Bhatia with an unbeaten 19-ball 40 also beefed up the score in the end.
In reply, India Red were all-out for 230 in 40.1 overs with Gurkeerat Singh (83) making an effort to resist the inevitable.
While veteran seamer Ashish Nehra (four for 38) provided early breakthroughs, left-arm spinner Varun Sood (five for 84) took vital wickets in the middle-order.
The day belonged 20-year-old Unmukt who faced 131 balls hitting 12 boundaries and three sixes.
At the other end, Unmukt launched into India pacer Umesh Yadav (one for 85), who had a horrible day in office, spraying the ball all over the place. He played some flowing cover drives but was also not afraid to play the lofted stroke. He hoicked Abhimanyu Mithun for couple of sixes — one over mid-wicket while the other was straight over bowler’s head.
Sandeep Warrier who bowled to a tight line initially wasn’t spared either as he was slashed over extra cover for a six. Unmukt-Kohli duo added 93 runs for the second wicket before the Delhi skipper was stumped by Smit Patel trying to hit a second successive six off Nadeem. The Jharkhand slow bowler managed to hold his own with figures of two for 54 from 12 overs, as others leaked runs.
Once Kohli was gone and Sehwag also followed suit, it was Milind who joined Unmukt as the duo added 120 runs in 17.3 overs before both were dismissed. Milind hit five fours and a six during his knock.
It was then left to veteran Rajat Bhatia (40) to take the score near 350 with some lusty blows towards the fag end of the innings.
The reply was a difficult one and Robin Uthappa (7) was dismissed quickly trying to flick one from Nehra over square leg. Smit Patel played to a wrong line off a Nehra delivery to get clean bowled. Abhinav Mukund (64) tried to resurrect the innings but consumed far too many in the process.
Delhi 342 for 6 (Unmukt Chand 119, Virat Kohli 63, Milind Kumar 57) beat India Red 230 in 40.1 overs (Gurkeerat Singh 83, Abhinav Mukund 64; Ashish Nehra 4 for 38, Varun Sood 5 for 84) by 112 runs.