[caption id="attachment_668425" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gautam-Gambhir.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-668425" alt="Gautam Gambhir scored 95 to lead Delhi in the semi-finals Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gautam-Gambhir.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Gautam Gambhir scored 95 to lead Delhi in the semi-finals Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gautam-gambhir/">Gautam Gambhir</a>, who had failed in the first innings, went on to hit 95 and helped Delhi chase 217 against Madhya Pradesh in the second quarter-final of the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. Delhi will now face Bengal in the semi-final. <p></p> <p></p><b>The second-wicket stand</b> <p></p> <p></p>After losing Gambhir early in the first innings, Kunal Chandela (81) and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/dhruv-shorey">Dhruv Shorey</a> (78) rose for the occasion and added 145 runs for the second wicket. <p></p> <p></p>The middle-order also contributed 163 with every batsman scoring above 40. These contributions allowed Delhi to take a first-innings lead of 67. Mihir Hirwani picked up a five-for for Madhya Pradesh, but couldn t restrict Delhi from taking lead. <p></p> <p></p><b>Gambhir s heroics </b> <p></p> <p></p>Delhi bowlers did well to bowl out Madhya Pradesh for 283. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/harpreet-singh/">Harpreet Singh</a> s 78 helped Madhya Pradesh set a total of 216. Vikas Tokas came as a night watchman ahead of Gambhir to bat at the end of Day 4. <p></p> <p></p>Delhi needed 209 to win on Day Five; Tokas was out early, bringing the experienced Gambhir at the crease. Gambhir, who missed out in the first innings, scored a match-winning innings of 95 before getting run out. His opening partner Chandela scored 57, adding 98 for the second wicket. The score was 204 when Gambhir got out. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/nitish-rana/">Nitesh Rana </a>came to bat to complete the formalities. Delhi won by 7 wickets in the post-lunch session to enter the semi-finals of Ranji 2017-18. <p></p> <p></p><b>Brief scores: </b> <p></p> <p></p><b>Madhya Pradesh</b> 338 (Harpreet Singh 107*; Manan Sharma 4 for 46) and 283 (Harpreet Singh 78; Vikas Mishra 4 for 59) lost to <b>Delhi</b> 405 (Kunal Chandela 8; Mihir Hirwani 5 for 89) and 217 for 3(Gautam Gambhir 95) by 7 wickets.