Vijay Hazare Trophy: Birthday boy Gautam Gambhir’s brilliant century helps Delhi to reach the semis

XtraTime Web Desk: A brilliant century by veteran opener Gautam Gambhir on his 37th birthday helped Delhi to beat Haryana in the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. They chased down the target of 230 runs with more than 10 overs still left in the game.

Earlier Delhi restricted Haryana on just 229 runs after they chose to bat first. Kulwant Khejroliya took 6 wickets for his side which helped Delhi to reduce Haryana on a small total. Though Chaitanya Bishno (85) and Pramod Chandila (59) did their best to hold the innings together but that didn’t come good. While Khejroliya finished with figures of 6 for 31 in his ten, Navdeep Saini took 3 wickets for 39.

In reply, birthday boy Gautam Gambhir came out with a mission as he scored 104 runs in just 72 deliveries, on the other hand  Dhruv Shorey scored a fifty to take the side home. Haryana picked up a few quick wickets, but the game was as good as over by then.

Brief scores: Haryana 229 in 49.1 (Chaitanya Bishnoi 85, Pramod Chandila 59; Navdeep Saini 3-39, Kulwant Khejroliya 6-31) lost to Delhi 230/5 in 39.2 overs (Gautam Gambhir 104, Dhruv Shorey 50; Rahul Tewatia 3-32) by five wickets.



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