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Gambhir, Chandela lead breezy Delhi chase

Delhi 405 (Chandela 81, Shorey 78, Himmat 71, Hirwani 5-89) and 217 for 3 (Gambhir 95, Chandela 57) beat Madhya Pradesh 338 (Harpreet 107, Dane 59, Manan 4-46) and 283 (Harpreet 78, Datey 60, Vikas Mishra 4-59) by seven wickets

Gautam Gambhir's 95 and another half-century from Kunal Chandela enabled Delhi to romp into the Ranji Trophy semi-finals with a seven-wicket win against Madhya Pradesh in Vijayawada. In their semi-final from December 17 to 21, Delhi will meet Bengal, who qualified on the basis of their first-innings lead against Gujarat.

Delhi began the fifth day at 8 for no loss chasing 217, and lost Vikas Tokas in the fourth over of the morning. MP would have to wait another 20.5 overs for their next breakthrough, by which time Gambhir had added 98 for the second wicket with Chandela at 4.70 per over. Chandela, the 23-year-old opening batsman, made 57 off 85 balls, with six fours and two sixes; with this innings he had scored half-centuries in each of his first three first-class innings.

Delhi never let up their pace of scoring; their third-wicket partnership of 95, between Gambhir and Dhruv Shorey, also came at more than four an over. It ended with a run-out, Gambhir falling five short of a hundred, having faced 129 balls and hit nine fours and a six. Shorey was unbeaten on 46 (77b, 6x4) as Delhi reached their target in 51.4 overs.

Ranji Trophy

Group A
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
KNTKA6402320.479
DELHI6303270.333
MAHA6221160.084
HYDBD621116-0.156
RLYS623114-0.312
UP603250.508
ASSAM60422-0.977
Group B
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
GUJ6501340.097
KER6510310.636
SAU6312260.245
J + K61419-0.077
HRYNA61419-0.506
JHARK61418-0.049
RAJ60246-0.294
Group C
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
MP631221-0.116
MUM6204210.228
AP6105190.326
BRODA6114160.508
TN601511-0.112
ODSH60246-0.648
TRPRA60244-0.426
Group D
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
VIDAR6402310.358
BENG6213230.367
PNJB6222180.609
HP6114140.300
CGARH613213-0.514
SVCS612310-0.273
GOA60246-0.700