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Shikhar Dhawan scored a resolute 49 to gift Delhi a 2-wicket victory Getty Images

Delhi beat Rajasthan by 2 wickets at Krishnagiri Stadium (Wayanad), in Round 7 of Ranji Trophy 2016-17. After winning the toss, Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir invited Rajasthan to bat first, citing the nature of the track. The decision paid off, for Delhi bowlers put up a collective effort to restrict Rajasthan to 238. However, Amitkumar Gautam, who against all the odds, scored a stunning 106 that kept them in the hunt. His innings was studded with delightful 17 boundaries. For Delhi, Navdeep Saina and Vikas Tokas took a three-for each. Live blog: Delhi vs Rajasthan, Ranji Trophy 2016-17

In reply, Delhi scored 307, taking a lead of 69. Dhawan provided a steady start, stitching 38 off 51. Meanwhile, Gambhir, who was dropped in the second Test against England, scored 10. Rishabh Pant was the star of the innings for his 93-ball 75. All the same, it was indeed a sporting track, helping batters and bowlers equally to make an impact. Given this, Rajasthan knew they were still in the game if they post a sizable target and seal the match. But Delhi bowlers continued their stellar performance and kept Rajasthan at bay, bowling them out for 221. For that matter, a target of 153 was not that tough a task for Gambhir’s men.

Dhawan scored a resolute 49 off 70, but the other top-order batters fell prey to Rajasthan’s disciplined bowling show (Gambhir 2, Unmukt Chand 5, Rishabh Pant 0). But the duo of Sumit Narwal and Nitish Rana displayed resilience ad tenacity to gift Delhi a 2-wicket triumph.

Brief scores:

Rajasthan 238 (Amitkumar Gautam 106, Deepak Chahar 47; Navdeep Saini 3 for 28) & 221 (Rajesh Bishnoi 89, Amikumar Gautam 34; Pradeep Sangwan 3 for 31) lost to Delhi 307 (Rishabh Pant 75, Milind Kumar 41; TM Ul-Haq 3 for 55) & 156 (Shikhar Dhawan 49, Nitish Rana 31; TM Ul-Haq 2 for 28) by 2 wickets