Kolkata: Part-time off-spinners Lalit Yadav and Nitish Rana shared six wickets as Delhi beat minnows Sikkim by 10 wickets in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Saturday to keep their meager quarter-final hopes alive.
After losing back-to-back matches, Delhi had money here on the CC&FC ground as Sikkim was bundled for 76 in 34.4 overs.
Rana (3/12 in 6 overs), Yadav (3/12 in 8 overs) along with specialist off-break bowler Shivank Vasisht (1/16 in 6 overs) shared most of the spoils after Delhi opted to playing on a course that is known for being tacky.
Out of 11 Sikkim batters, eight failed to cross the five-run mark, with Pankaj Rawat’s 32 being the highest score.
The normally tough Dhruv Shorey (43 not out, 28 balls) and all-rounder Kunwar Bidhuri (33 not out from 28 balls) had to increase the run-rate and deflected the runs in just 9.2 overs to take the third win of the season. team in five games. While Shorey’s innings had eight fours, Bidhuri hit three fours and two sixes.
With 12 points and a net run rate of +0.622, Delhi is now fourth in the group behind Assam (16 points, NRR +1.776), Karnataka (16 points, NRR +1.674) and Jharkhand (16, NRR +1.547) , who all have four wins in their cat.
In the group’s other matches, Jharkhand crushed Meghalaya by 192 runs, while Rajasthan beat Vidarbha by six wickets. The fourth match in this group saw Assam upset the mighty Karnataka by six wickets, riding the century of Swarupam Purkayastha.
Sikkim 76 in 34.4 overs (Lalit Yadav 3/12, Nitish Rana 3/12).
Delhi 77/0 in 9.2 overs (Kunwar Bidhuri 33 not out, Dhruv Shorey 43 not out).
Delhi won by 10 wks.
Jharkhand 321/2 (Utkarsh Singh 128 not out, Virat Singh 112).
Meghalaya 129 in 40.3 overs (Punit Bisht 50, Vikash Singh 3/17).
Jharkhand won by 192 points.
Karnataka 296/4 (Nikin Jose 100, Mayank Agarwal 64, Manish Pandey 58)
Assam 297/4 in 48.2 overs (Swarupam Purkayastha 112, Sibsankar Roy 66)
Assam won by 6 wickets.
Vidarbha 240 in 47.2 overs (Atharva Taide 51, Kamlsh Nagarkoti 3/49)
Rajasthan 243/4 in 44.1 overs (Yash Kothari 109, Mahipal Lomror 81)
Rajasthan won by 6 weeks.
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