Ranji Trophy 2012: Maharashtra set 270 run target for Delhi

Delhi are currently placed fifth in Group B with 11 points AFP

New Delhi: Dec 17, 2012

Harshad Khadiwale (96) missed out on a hundred by just four runs as Maharashtra batsmen put up an improved performance in the second innings to set a 270-run target for Delhi in a Group B Ranji Trophy match, on Monday.

On a bouncy Roshanara strip, Khadiwale (96) batted superbly and shared a crucial 130-run stand for the third wicket with Ankit Bawne (55) as Maharashtra scored 266.

It will be an interesting run chase for the hosts on the final day as they need six points desperately to keep their chances of a knock-out berth alive.

The other important partnership for Maharashtra was between Shrikant Mundhe (38) and Chirag Khurana (33) who added 67 runs for the seventh wicket which might turn important in the context of the match.

While Sumit Narwal and Pradeep Sangwan got three wickets apiece, Pawan Suyal and Vikas Tokas got two wickets each.

Both Khadiwale and Mundhe were lucky as they were out off no-balls with Sangwan being the offender on both occasions.

The Delhi bowlers bowled well in spells where they got a couple of wickets in quick succession but one pair would get stuck in. Not only did it add precious runs but also decreased the time that Delhi will be getting in order to chase the stiff target.

They now have a minimum of 90 overs including the mandatory in order to reach the target.