Ranji one-day tournament 2008-09, Pre quarter-finals

Chopra and Kohli help Delhi qualify

Cricinfo staff

February 28, 2009

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The following is the summary of the matches of the pre quarter-finals stage from the Ranji one-day tournament


Aakash Chopra starred for Delhi, scoring 107 to help his team qualify for the quarter-finals © Cricinfo Ltd
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Pre quarter-finals

Centuries from opener Aakash Chopra and Virat Kohli helped Delhi overhaul a challenging Railways score of 304 at the Polytechnic Institute Ground in Agartala, and qualify for the quarter-finals. The pair added 222 for the second wicket in a little over 30 overs but Railways struck back, with legspinner Karan Sharma taking 3 for 57, including the wickets of Chopra and Kohli. However, an unbeaten 33 from Rajat Bhatia helped Delhi shrug off the loss of seven wickets for 76 and reach their target with nine balls to spare. For Railways, openers Sanjay Bangar and Varaimudi Cheluvaraj provided the ideal start, adding 101. A 22-ball 48 by Dhiran Salvi took Railways past 300 but in the end, the total proved inadequate.

Persistent rain overnight and on Saturday morning resulted in the pre-quarter final in Agartala between Tamil Nadu and Orissa being abandoned without a ball being bowled. The umpires made three inspections but felt the conditions were unfit for play as there was water around the 15-yard circle and the bowlers' run-up area. Tamil Nadu go through to the quarter finals on a higher net run-rate.

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