Delhi booked their semi-final berth in the ongoing Ranji Trophy campaign after the side pulled off a comfortable win over Madhya Pradesh by seven wickets. The Delhi side-led by promising youngster Rishabh Pant put forward a dominant batting performance which saw them march into the final four.
Batting first, Madhya Pradesh registered a decent 338 runs on the board riding on a brilliant unbeaten knock by Harpreet Singh Bhatia. However, the Delhi reply was even stronger with the middle-order chipping in with valuable runs.
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Kunal Chandela was the highest scorer for Delhi with his knock of 81 while Dhruv Shorey and Himmat Singh got 78 and 71, respectively. With Delhi putting up a staggering total of 405 runs, the Madhya Pradesh batsmen had a mammoth task in hand.
However, their reply of 283 runs was not strong enough to sink the Delhi ship. Harpreet Singh Bhatia rose up to the occasion once again with his 78 while Puneet Datey chipped in with 60. Vikas Misra and V Tokas of Delhi were exceptional with the ball, as they picked up four and three wickets at home.
Experienced batsman Gautam Gambhir led the Delhi team from the front scoring a magnificent 95-run knock. Gambhir’s matured, and gutsy knock saw Delhi into the semis comprehensively with the loss of just three wickets. Gautam Gambhir had a stellar IPL campaigned but got denied a comeback in the national side. The gruelling domestic format has been the only option left for him, and he is certainly proving his mettle.
With the Indian batting line of boasting of some serious talent and a massive depth, the situation looks an adamant one Gautam Gambhir who does not have age on his side.
Kunal Chandela provided a perfect cushion with his 57 while Dhruv Shorey remained unbeaten till the end with 46 runs to his name.
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