Delhi’s semi-final campaign was bolstered with century knocks from Gautam Gambhir and Kunal Chandela. Gambhir knocked 127 runs and Chandela scored 113 runs for the first inning lead by the third day. In the second day of the match, Delhi scored 271 for 3 batting until Gambhir was removed by Mohammed Shami. The opening partnership between Gambhir and Chandela was of 232 runs. It was a long-expected stand, which was devoid in the tournament so far. The century was 42nd of Gambhir’s first class ton. Delhi put up 398 runs batting 117 overs in the inning.
While batsmen were busy knocking, bowlers in Bengal took on the pressure. Star bowler Mohammed Shami bore the weight of bowling as he delivered 23.2 overs alone. He attempted well, but could not restrict runs in the inning. Still, his efforts were rewarded with the wicket of Gautam Gambhir. On the other end, Chandela milked B Amit and other bowlers.
Gambhir scored his ton off 123 balls, while Chandela played 149 balls for his century. The former even got two lives on 44 and 101 at the 19th and 40th over respectively. Bengal had some success only after the morning session, as they managed to remove Chandela. Dhuv Shorey followed the player soon. By the end of Day 2, Delhi was at 271 for 3 wickets with Nitish Rana as the overnight batsmen.
Earlier, in Bengal’s first inning, the team scored 286 runs batting 94.2 since the first day. Sudip Chatterjee scored 83 runs in the inning as the highest scorer, followed by Writtrick Chatterjee. By the end of first day, Bengal was 269 for 7 wickets. Goswami and A Gani were the overnight players. The team batted until the morning session of the second day. Bengal played 7.2 overs, as Delhi dismantled the lower batting order. Navdeep Saini of Delhi finished with three wickets, while Manan Sharma and K Khejroliya finished with two wickets each.
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