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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 10 April 2014 - 12:42pm IST

Report: DDCA vs Bengal, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2014

Bowlers help Delhi to comprehensive win

Delhi won their low-scoring Group B match against Bengal by seven wickets at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In the T20 Super League for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Delhi outplayed Bengal to clinch victory with six balls to spare. After the bowlers put them in a commanding position by restricting the opposition to 119, the Delhi batsmen attained the target comfortably. Mohit Sharma’s 41, and Yogesh Nagar’s 20 off 11 balls later in the innings, helped the team from North Zone reach the target.

Earlier, electing to field first, Delhi restricted Bengal to 119 for eight. Sumit Narwal castled Abhijit Das to give Delhi their first breakthrough, in the fourth over, leaving Bengal on 26 for one. Vivek Singh edged Javed Khan to the wicketkeeper six runs later. Shreevats Goswami then held the innings together with a 38-ball 45. The rest of the line-up struggled to put runs on the board and were sent back for paltry individual scores as the Delhi bowlers toiled and claimed regular wickets.

30 runs later, Sandipan Das was caught by Javed Khan at long-on while going for a big hit off Kshitiz Sharma in the 11th over. Wickets then came in quick succession for Delhi. Varun Sood, who sent back A Nandi, also claimed Sanjib Sanyal, while Sumit Narwal accounted for Avilin Gosh. Meanwhile, Goswami stoically looked to add to the total and managed to take the team to 109, before getting run out in the 18th over.
Saurashish Lahiri followed him back two balls later. Eight runs were added by Sourav Mondal and Sayan Gosh in the remaining 13 balls.

Chasing the subpar total, Punit Bisht perished with Delhi on 10 runs, in the second over. Mohit Sharma and Samarth Singh plodded towards the target taking their team to 54 halfway through the innings.

The pair continued to compile runs at a steady pace. Scoring ones and twos, they were inching toward the target comfortably. With a 76-run partnership, they had taken Delhi to 86, when Mohit departed taking the aerial route off Mondol. Then, Samarth’s mistimed pull off the next delivery was caught at short midwicket. With Mohit out on 41 and Samarth back in the dugout for 39, Yogesh Nagar and Jagrit Anand came together to carry innings forward with five overs left.

As the pair trudged forward, Delhi needed 15 off 12 balls. Nagar and Anand claimed twos and then the former smashed S Ghosh over deep midwicket for a six to take the team within two runs of victory. He hit the bowler for a boundary over midwicket to finish off the match. 

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