Nadaun: Rishabh Pant as soon as once more confirmed his mastery in white ball cricket with an excellent 93-ball-135 however could not assist Delhi misplaced a thriller to Himachal Pradesh by two runs with a critical chance of dropping out on quarter-final berth.The hosts scored a aggressive 304 for five in 50 overs with Prashant Chopra scoring 150 off 149 balls with 22 boundaries and two sixes. Delhi had been all-out for 302 in 49.four overs.
Delhi have completed their group league engagements with 16 factors from six video games however now are in hazard of crashing out with three groups — Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala locked on 14 factors.
With Maharashtra dealing with Kerala in the decider, one crew will go on to 18 factors and Delhi will pray that Bengal beat Himachal in the ultimate sport in order that they will qualify as the second crew.
Delhi in reply appeared in sight of victory as Pant went all weapons blazing throughout his career-best List A knock in which he hit 16 boundaries and 5 sixes. The century got here in solely 69 balls however needing 9 runs from the final over, Pradeep Sangwan and skipper Ishant Sharma had been dismissed inside an area of two deliveries.
When Pant was batting, the goal appeared like a cakewalk as he added 115 runs in solely 15.four overs with IPL specialist Nitish Rana (52).
However as soon as Rana was out, the middle-order caved in with nobody in a position to give beefy left-hander sufficient help. He punished his former India U-19 teammate left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar (zero/70) together with off-spinner Ayush Jamwal, who additionally obtained plenty of stick.
Right arm pacer B Vikas Galetiya was additionally hit out of the bottom and it was Sangwan, who was accountable for Pant’s run-out with Delhi needing solely 16 runs from three overs.
Sangwan then himself obtained caught and elevated strain on others as his indiscretion is all set to price Delhi a spot in the quarter-finals. Not to overlook, getting Kshitij Sharma, the participant who has been always below scanner for not being chosen on benefit being given an opportunity in the final sport, which Delhi had additionally misplaced.
Summarised Scores (Group B)
Himachal Pradesh 304/5 (Prashant Chopra 150, Ishant Sharma 2/39) beat Delhi 302 in 49.four overs (Rishabh Pant 135 in 93 balls, Rishi Dhawan three/38) by 2 runs.
Tripura 222/7 in 42 overs (Mani Shankar Mura Singh 55, Satyajeet Bacchav 2/17) misplaced to Maharshtra 223/6 in 41.1 overs(Ruturaj Gaikwad 115, Ankit Bawne 51) by four wickets
Kerala 261/9 (Rohan Prem 66, KB Arun Karthick 54, Mohsin Khan four/43) beat Uttar Pradesh 141 in 39.2 overs (Sandeep warrier three/32, KC Akshay three/32) by 120 runs.
First Published: February 15, 2018, eight:26 PM IST