December 21, 2000

Hardeep Singh's century helps J&K hold Delhi to a draw

Jammu and Kashmir helped by some resilient batting by centurion Hardeep Singh and Vikram Taggar, refused to succumb to Delhi as they drew their North Zone Under-22 Tournament match played at MA Stadium, Jammu on Thursday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss Delhi amassed 384/9 by the time they closed their first innings. Brilliant century by Delhi Middle order batsman S Vaid who made 124 that included 20 boundaries was the highlight of the innings. Captain S Rauf made 82 with 11 fours as he added 109 for the fifth wicket with Vaid. Rahul Sharma picked up 3/44 for J&K.

J&K in their first innings made 225 in 77.2 overs in their first innings and were forced to follow on. Puru Singh was the best of Delhi bowlers picking up 5/57. There were notable contributions by Hardeep Singh making 62 with 8 fours and Inderjeet Singh who made 54. Amit Suman took 4/60 to provide able support to Singh. Following on J&K slumped to 38/2 but were helped out of trouble by a match saving partnership of 182 for the third wicket by Hardeep Singh and Vikram Taggar. Hardeep's brilliance earned him 106 runs in 179 balls with the help of 13 boundaries. Taggar made a useful 86 with eight boundaries. At close of play J&K were 244/4 in 75 overs having denied the mighty Delhi an outright victory. Delhi went home with five points as J&K got to keep three.`