December 3, 2000

Delhi too strong for Haryana

Delhi won the toss and elected to bat first in their Ranji One-Day encounter against Haryana at the Ferozshah Kotla grounds on Sunday. As it turned out, they won the encounter too. Delhi, relishing the advantage of winning the toss, took the game by 87 runs.

Boosted by the elegant southpaw Goutham Gambhir (47), the Delhi team looked like forging a good score. However, they lost their way and were struggling at 145 for 5. Fortunately for the home team, stumper P Chawla made a fighting 58 and saved the home team the blushes. With all other batsmen chipping in, Delhi made 262/7 in their allotted 50 overs.

In response to Delhi's big score, Haryana had no answer. Although P Sehrawat made 58 at the top of the order, Haryana could manage only 175 all out. With all other batsmen failing to make much of a contribution, Haryana lost the first match of their limited overs challenge. Mediumpacer Amit Bhandari with 2/29 and left arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi with 2/28 were the pick of the bowlers.